1896

Vintage selfie history
32 vintage selfies you probably have never seen

These vintage selfies, several of which date back to the 1800s, prove that the desire to capture our own images has been around for a long time. Here’s how people took self-portraits with old cameras long ago!

Victorian dresses for roller skating (1890s)
Victorian dresses for roller skating (1890)

In the 1800s, women had to get dressed up for everything, which is why these Victorian dresses for roller skating even exist. It’s hard to imagine rolling down a hill in a long gown.

Cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes (1896)
Old-fashioned cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes

You can think of these Victorian chocolate and coffee frappe recipes as precursors to Starbucks’ Frappuccino. You can even combine a couple and make an icy mocha frap of your own, courtesy of these recipes from the 19th century!

Samuel P. Langley's large steam-powered model Aerodrome No. 5 making a successful flight, 1896.
Alexander Graham Bell: Flight is a fact (1896)

Professor Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, has witnessed the trial flights of the machine devised by Professor Samuel P Langley, formerly of Pittsburg. Mr Bell makes the following statement…

Jack, the diving dog (1896)

A diving dog Jack is only three years old, but he has a record of having dived from a height of more than seventy feet.

Idea for a baby bouncer (1896)

To keep a baby quiet John E Ring of Chatham, New York, has invented an apparatus to give babies plenty of air and exercise without