A ‘selfie’ taken by New York photographers in 1920.
A ‘selfie’ taken by New York photographers in 1920. Contributed

Could this be one of the first selfies?

IS THIS the first selfie ever taken - or at least one of them?

A genealogy website says the modern-day selfie may actually have a long history, which can easily be traced through photographic records.

While an Australian man has laid claim to the term, which was recently added to the Urban Dictionary, genealogy website findmypast.com.au has discovered that the concept itself dates all the way back at least  to 1920.  

The photo above, snapped in 1920, is the self-taken portrait of five well-known American photographers; Uncle Joe Byron, Pirie MacDonald, Colonel Marceau, Pop Core and Ben Falk.

Uncannily similar to the selfies of today, it is visible that two of the subjects' arms are stretched out to prop up the camera.

Unlike the selfies of today however, this required two subjects to hold the camera, given how heavy they used to be.

While the self-indulgent social media era is often to blame for the selfie craze, records such as these and countless other self-shot snaps found on findmypast.com.au suggests that the trend is another case of history repeating itself.


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