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Portrait by Josiah Thompson, American, made between 1849 and 1858. Harvard University, in whose collections the image is held, explains the odd stare by suggesting that the sitter has a glass right eye. His clothing is elegant; his hair has the kind of odd assymetrical shape sometimes seen to even greater extremes in this period.

[daguerreotype portrait of a stunning gentleman who appears to have a glass right eye], Josiah W. Thompson via Harvard University Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

Tall hat daguerreotype

I think I just discovered a picture of Spencer Reid's great, great grandfather.

Yes, they smiled back then. Sweet bitty girl, happy Papa! Portrait of a Father and Smiling Child, about 1855, Daguerreotype. J. Paul Getty Museum

thegetty: A timeless smile for all the dads out there. Happy Father’s Day! Portrait of a Father and Smiling Child, about Daguerreotype.

Two men wearing hats. Date: 1855. Creator: Tyler, Edward M. & Co. (n.d.), United States, photographer.Hand Colored / Case cover material: leather. Identifying Marks: Printed card on back of image: "Keep other side clean/ by rubbing it with a rag or a piece/ of chamois skin/ Taken with the/ Double Camera for 25 cents, by Tyler and Co.,/ Cor. of Winter & Wash Sts./ Boston./ 600 Daily. Beware/ of Imitation."

[hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two well-dressed young men wearing hats and blushed cheeks], Edward M. Tyler & Co.

1844 hand-tinted photograph of a dentist. This is thought to be the earliest extant studio photograph of a medical professional. From the Burns Archive

This image circa is one of the earliest photographs extent of a dentist. The head on confrontational pose is typical of early daguerre.