Daguerrotype Camera for Children
Around 1850, a professional photographer was most likely to use a daguerreotype
camera like this. Exposure took about 20–30 seconds. The photographer developed
the image. Daguerreotype photographs were permanent impressions on
silver-coated copper plates.
Credit: Daguerreotype camera, ca. 1851, 6 ¼” high, 15” long, Photographic
History Collection, Division of Information Technology and Society, NMAH