Selfies Have Changed Over the Years

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

Grab your camera and get ready for the newest millennial-themed holiday.

National Selfie Day was established in 2014 by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), but the first selfie was actually taken in 1839. Taken by American photographer Robert Cornelius, the antique selfie took over a minute to take. However, with the advancement of technology, the sel

fie has become an easy way to document a moment in time.

Cornelius took his selfie by removing the lens cap from his camera, standing in front of the camera, then quickly replacing the lens cap, said Wikipedia. Because of how slowly the camera took pictures, the motion of running back and forth did not disrupt the overall photograph.

In 1900, the invention of the Kodak Brownie Box Camera allowed for more people to take a photographic self portrait, or selfie. Wikipedia documents Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia to be one of the first teenagers to take a mirror selfie and send it to

a friend.

The popularity of the selfie grew throughout the 1900s as photography equipment got smaller and more effective. Instant cameras allowed amateur photographers to take pictures with instant results. These instant cameras were eventually replaced by the digital camera.

Now, the popularity of the selfie has soared. According to, almost 50,000 people tweeted a selfie on National Selfie Day. This year National Selfie Day is June 21, 2017, so get that camera ready for some cute pictures to add to your social media.