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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Self portrait of James M. Keeney

Self portrait of James M. Keeney

James Minton Keeney - 1856-1857

James Minton Keeney, wearing a shirt and tie with a checkered vest and suit jacket with a velvet collar, assumes a casual pose with legs crossed and his left arm resting on the back of a wooden chair that may have a woven cane seat. This is Grand Rapids first 'selfie', taken in the 1850s. Use the magnifer option to look at his left hand, you can see the cord used to click the shutter wrapped around his little finger.


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TitleSelf portrait of James M. Keeney
CreatorJames Minton Keeney
FormatPhotograph 4 1/2 X 3 1/2 in.

Title by cataloger. The image shows crease marks from being folded. It is one of several photographs in Keeney’s personal album.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionCol. 250, Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch

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