Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In St. Louis And They’re Incredible

In this modern age, we take pictures of ourselves, our dinners, and anything else that we want; when we want and as many pictures as we feel like. Most of us have hundreds of pictures on our phones and we add more everyday. It is easy and free to snap a moment in time now. But for most of history taking pictures was a labor and cost intensive act. Pictures were only taken during serious events or to mark a special time (if you could afford such luxury). The images below are some of the oldest ever taken in St. Louis. Look below for a glimpse of our past.

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With these photos, we have an idea of what life was like for the people in St. Louis in the 1800’s. And life was tough back then. What will history see in our photos, 100 years into the future?

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Want to see more history in pictures? Check out the 1904 Olympic Games in Missouri.