The World’s first War Photographer

The first photographist was an unknown itinerant American who shot a number of daguerreotypes of which 6 are in the collection of Yale University.  He was in Mexico during the Mexican War in 1846-47 and using the ‘new’ photographic process introduced from Europe by Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the Morse Code.

General Wool in Saltillo, Mexico, he is on a horse just left of center, on of the few pictures taken during the Mexican War, making this obscure American the very first war photographer.

What does this have to do with Woodworking?  His camera was made of wood.  Nice hats.



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