TBT: 9 Incredible Selfies From Before They Went Mainstream

We didn’t always turn our camera on ourselves. These vintage selfies happened way before selfies were filling Facebook feeds and captured by smartphone. Dating all the way back to 1839, these images feature people who made history, capturing themselves forever on film.

Not only is this an extremely early photograph, but it might be the first selfie. Robert Cornelius took this self-portrait in 1839. The back reads "The first light picture ever taken."

Not only is this an extremely early photograph, but it might be the first selfie. Robert Cornelius took this self-portrait in 1839. The back reads “The first light picture ever taken.”

Ethel Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, 1954

Ethel Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, 1954

Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on the last trip to the moon aboard Apollo 17.

Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on the last trip to the moon aboard Apollo 17.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, 1914. She was killed by  the Bolshevik secret police 4 years later.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, 1914. She was killed by the Bolshevik secret police 4 years later.

Belgian artist Henri Evenepoel in 1898. He took his painting, and selfies, very seriously.

Belgian artist Henri Evenepoel in 1898. He took his painting, and selfies, very seriously.

Photographer Florence Vandamm, 1947. From 1925 to 1950 she was the photographer of record for Broadway, capturing many stars of the stage.

Photographer Florence Vandamm, 1947. From 1925 to 1950 she was the photographer of record for Broadway, capturing many stars of the stage.

John Chaloner Woods was a fashion photographer by trade. Here he turns the lens on himself in 1938.

John Chaloner Woods was a fashion photographer by trade. Here he turns the lens on himself in 1938.

In this undated selfie, Stevie Nicks captures herself in the pool using a long cable to trip the shutter.

In this undated selfie, Stevie Nicks captures herself in the pool using a long cable to trip the shutter.

Performing an early space walk (or EVA) on Gemini 12 in 1966, Buzz Aldrin turned the camera on himself and captured the first selfie in space.

Performing an early space walk (or EVA) on Gemini 12 in 1966, Buzz Aldrin turned the camera on himself and captured the first selfie in space.

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