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Joseph Byron Group Selfie – December 1920

Who knows if it is or not, but this may very well be the first ever group Selfie taken… although I’m pretty sure they didn’t call it that! This group portrait was taken in the 1920s on a rooftop in New York City.

This image is of the group taking the resulting image below that:

Joseph Byron Group Selfie 1920

The photographs, which were both taken nearly a century ago in December of 1920, picture the photographers of the Byron Company. They Byron Company was one of New York’s pre-eminent commercial photography studios from 1892 to 1942.

From left to right we have; Joseph Byron, Pirie MacDonald, Colonel Marceau, Pop Core and Ben Falk. Byron and Falk are tasked with holding the heavy camera during the exposure.

Joseph Byron Group Selfie Result

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