I was reminded the other day about the age of photographs. Pictures have been a part of the world since 1825. I wondered what the oldest photograph I have was. I found pictures from the 1930's and a few from the 1920's. I found one from 190-something (3 or 5) of one of my great grandmothers. Then, I found it.
The photo is of a family, Ma and Pa and four kids. The back of the picture was marked with John Andrew Jenkins. After doing lots of research, I discovered he was my (paternal, maternal, paternal) GreatGreat Grandfather. He was born in 1851. Based on the ages the kids looked, I guessed that the picture was taken between 1885 and 1889 in a little town in Iowa, still yet to be determined.
It is fun to see a picture of my father's grandfather when he was just a boy of about 11. Do you want to see? http://www.handmedownhaven.com It is at the bottom of the left column. What is the oldest picture you have?