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Front view of patent model for a Daguerreotype camera
 

Wolcott Camera
1840

First patented photographic invention in the United States
This is New Yorker Alexander S. Wolcott's patent model for a daguerreotype camera with concave reflector. It was the first U.S. patent for a photographic invention. The camera is approximately one fifth the size of the working version and is the only complete model of the Wolcott camera known to exist.

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Patent No. 1,582, May 8, 1840
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