Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Florida And They’re Incredible

Is there anything more fascinating than old photographs? Modern photography was developed by Louis Daguerre in 1839, and there are a few surviving photographs from the U.S. from this time. (If you’re interested, you can check them out here).

While there are some surviving photographs from the first years of photography in Florida, the ones that we found were either family portraits or cityscapes with no people in them. The more telling shots that actually begin to show daily life begin to show up around the 1860s and 1870s (at least from what we could find in the state archives). Here are a few of the interesting examples from that time that we could find:

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The best examples begin to show up in the next few decades after that, as you can see from the video below. Check out this fascinating look at early Florida below. (If its pace is too slow for you, you can speed up the video by clicking on the settings wheel in the bottom right corner of the video.)

The video features a collection of the earliest photos in Florida, depicting its pioneer days when folks traveled by boat or train. Some of the things (like the large oaks dripping with moss) still look the same today, while other photos look like glimpses of another world completely. Florida must have been quite a challenging and unique place to live then.

What do you think about these photos of life in Old Florida? Which photos were your favorite?