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What Were the Earliest Photographs of New York City?

The earliest photograph of New York City dated to 1839, the year photograph was invented. It was a daguerrotype (a unique image) of the new Unitarian Church made by Samuel F.B. Morse. This single image is now lost. Among the earliest surviving images of New York City are those taken by Victor Prevost in 1853-1854. His photographs were made from wax paper negatives which, along with the positives, still survive.

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