Friday, April 4, 2008

"Real Photograph" of Man in G. Washington's Continental Army

Many interesting tidbits here.

I’ve written about the first photograph of a human being, here is another old photograph that has historical significance in an obscure way. The fine gentleman above is Conrad Heyer, this picture was taken circa 1852. He was approximately 103 when photographed, having been born in 1749. He was reportedly the first white child born in Waldoboro, Maine, then a German immigrant community. He served in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War, crossing the Delaware with him and fighting in other major battles. He eventually bought a farm and retired to Waldoboro, where he happily regaled visitors with tales of his Revolutionary War exploits until his dying day.

By being born in 1749, he may very well be the earliest born human being ever photographed.
The world population was under eight hundred million in 1749
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