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    Earliest Photographs of Americans

    Almost all of the images in thread were taken before the American Civil war. (1861-1865)
    Here in the states you can still find many Germanics/Celts who very much resemble the individuals in these Daguerrotypes.
    These people lived in one of the most ideal eras for Germanics. I envy them.
    I will post more in the future. Please feel free to add your own if you have any.
    (Will someone tell me if the images are coming through?)

    Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker 1846 Texas Ranger



    Ann Minerva "Nannie" Rodgers Macomb 1851



    John C. Calhoun 1844



    Howell Cobb 1844 Governor of Georgia



    Benjamin Fitzpatrick 1844 Governor of Alabama



    Aaron Vanderpoel 1844 New York congressman



    Mary Susan Everett Abbot 1854



    John Van Buren 1844



    Erasmus Darwin and Emily Cooper 1841


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    i was born in the same county as John C. Calhoun. There was a painting of him in the court house, and I was shocked the first time I saw a photograph of him. What an amazingly dense head of hair! His parents were immigrants from Ulster.

    My family has old pics like these---images full those North European faces! Nowadays there's so many families with "daughters" raising black babies for absent black fathers. It's very, very sad.

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    Every one of the following photographs are of unidentified people.
    They all date from between 1839 and 1851.




























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    Most of these people are surprisingly good looking. The usual impression I get from 19th century photographs is that people back then were rather ordinary to unattractive looking. Then again, you'd expect only the wealthy upper class to be having their picture taken, and the wealthy tend to be better looking in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahren View Post
    Most of these people are surprisingly good looking. The usual impression I get from 19th century photographs is that people back then were rather ordinary to unattractive looking. Then again, you'd expect only the wealthy upper class to be having their picture taken, and the wealthy tend to be better looking in general.
    I have seen my share of ugly rich people. To the point where I know they certainly haven't cornered the market in good looks.
    In my travels I have seen stunning beauties come from "White trash" families just as much as I have from upper class ones.
    Those that have produced more attractive offspring than the others would be from the middle class to upper-middle class range.

    The wealthy tend to be better looking because, like alcohol, money has the tendency to make people more attractive than they really are.

    You are right about them being mostly attractive.
    This one is my personal favorite. The source said that she was around 26 years of age.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    The wealthy tend to be better looking because, like alcohol, money has the tendency to make people more attractive than they really are.
    Are you talking about plastic surgery and other cosmetic alterations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallflower View Post
    Are you talking about plastic surgery and other cosmetic alterations?
    I'm not sure what you are getting at here.
    Please elaborate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    I have seen my share of ugly rich people. To the point where I know they certainly haven't cornered the market in good looks.
    In my travels I have seen stunning beauties come from "White trash" families just as much as I have from upper class ones.
    Those that have produced more attractive offspring than the others would be from the middle class to upper-middle class range.

    The wealthy tend to be better looking because, like alcohol, money has the tendency to make people more attractive than they really are.

    You are right about them being mostly attractive.
    This one is my personal favorite. The source said that she was around 26 years of age.
    Well what I meant was that the wealthy generally had better nutrition, access to good healthcare, and lived a more hygenic lifestyle than the lower classes, allowing for proper growth and better overall health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahren View Post
    Well what I meant was that the wealthy generally had better nutrition, access to good healthcare, and lived a more hygenic lifestyle than the lower classes, allowing for proper growth and better overall health.
    If the above statement were true then most Germanics would be unattractive and not the other way around.
    Back when these photos were taken it all came down to proper breeding.
    More than anyone else on this planet Germanics are likely to produce healthier and attractive offspring no matter what their social standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    I'm not sure what you are getting at here.
    Please elaborate.
    Where I was curious is how you came to the conculsion that "money has the tendency to make people more attractive than they really are". While the reasons I gave are probably true in today's era, these things probably wouldn't have existed at the time these pictures were taken,and hence curious as to how money worked to make people more attractive back then. But it looks like Ahren already has the answer summed up quite well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    More than anyone else on this planet Germanics are likely to produce healthier and attractive offspring no matter what their social standing.

    I agree 100 percent on that one.

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