Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
America’s earliest surviving photograph was made here about Sept. 25, 1839. Using a cigar box and crude lens, Joseph Saxton of the U.S. Mint created an image of Central High School (now demolished) shortly after Daguerre had announced his process in France.
Erected 1989 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.045′ N, 75° 9.773′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and South Juniper Street, on the right when traveling north on Chestnut Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1337 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wanamaker (1838-1922) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union League of Philadelphia (about 500 feet away); Mother’s Day (about 600 feet away); Anne Brancato Wood (about 600 feet away); Mother Jones (about 700 feet away); PSFS Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ricketts Circus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masonic Temple Philadelphia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
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