Selfies have been around a lot longer than the past 10 years or so?
For that matter so have those little photo booths people go in (by themselves or with a companion) to have their picture taken.
In 1888 two men: Edward Poole and William Pope (residents of Baltimore) filed a patent for such a machine. Of course similar machines were built and patented in the following years and by the turn-of-the-century these little booths were commonly found at fairs and amusements parks.
Contrary to today’s paper print-out within just seconds, some of the machines took approximately three minutes to process and spit out a ferrotype!
How cool is that?
It makes you wonder if they made goofy faces at the camera in those booths like people do today!