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Once smartphones hit the world, selfies soon followed. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t taken a selfie these days. So, what did people do before they got a smartphone?
There were other ways to take photos back then. Robert Cornelius is credited with taking the very first self-portrait, using a camera. When it comes down to it, selfies really aren’t all that new.
Here are some selfies taken by celebs before any of them ever had a smartphone. Proof positive that “selfie,” might be a new term, but the act of photographing oneself certainly isn’t.
Robert Cornelius, 1839
This is thought to be the first self-portrait anyone ever took, sparking a trend that continues today.
President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, 1954
Here’s a rare selfie taken of two of America’s most influential political leaders.
Geraldine Fitzgerald, 1940s
You can that she’s holding the shutter button in her hand, allowing her to snap a photo of herself.
John Lennon, 1967
Lennon is just one of many clever celebs who used a mirror to snap a selfie.
Stevie Nicks, 1970s
The bathroom was, and still is, one of the most popular places to take a picture of oneself.
George Harrison, 1966
Harrison appears to be holding a selfie stick, something that wouldn’t be formally invented for decades.
Richard Avedon and Sophia Loren, 1960s
A photo like this is a treasure that a professional photographer never could have captured.
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, 1992
This photo is an important one since Cobain didn’t live much longer after it was taken.
Colin Powell, 1954
You’ve probably never seen Colin Powell quite like this before, have you?
Frank Sinatra, 1930s
There aren’t a multitude of photos of Sinatra, so this one becomes even more valuable.
Rowan Atkinson, 1987
A Polaroid camera was once the best way to take a selfie.
Sammy Davis, Jr., 1950
Davis is, like many other celebs, using the mirror and his camera to get a picture of himself.
It looks like Madonna was starting the “duck face” trend even back in the 1980s.
Bill Nye the Science Guy, 1999
Even less than 20 years ago, a real camera was needed to take a selfie since smartphones hadn’t yet been invented.
Michael Jackson, 1996
These photos of Jackson are unlike any you’ve ever seen and he took them himself.
Linda, Paul and Mary McCartney, 1969
They even managed to get their dog in the background of this selfie.
Ilse Bing, 1931
The angle on the mirror does a great job of letting Bing get a photo of herself.