The world's first photograph was taken by Joseph Niepce in France in 1826. It was a fairly crude image—shot from the window of his family's country home—and the picture required over eight hours of exposure time. This was not a practical or commercially-viable technology and Niepce died in obscurity. Niepce's assistant, Louis Daguerre, refined the technique with his "daguerreotype" process, introduced in 1839. Daguerre's images, printed on metal, were much clearer and only required a few minutes of exposure. Portraits could now be taken and customers were willing to wait-around for the finished product. In the intervening years, photography made great advances: printing on paper, producing multiples, and reducing the exposure time to fractions of a second, not minutes.
The advent of photography catalyzed the advent of photo frame manufacturing. The Edwardian brass photo frame, shown above, was made around the year 1900. The oval glass is convex—standing proud of the photo image. Age spots on the brass give the aging frame a handsome measure of character—the patina of time. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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