Smithsonian

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