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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1337 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); William McKinley (about 400 feet away); Swedish Settlements on the Delaware (about 400 feet away); Dutch Settlements on the Delaware (about 400 feet away); Union League of Philadelphia Artillery Corps Washington Grays (about 500 feet away); Mother’s Day (about 600 feet away); Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on January 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.