I had some free time tonight and came across an arti­cle regard­ing the first known pho­to­graph of a human by Daguerre. Curiosity got the best of me, so I decided that I’d take a look and see if I encounter any­one else in the image. As I looked, I quickly real­ized that I would have to clean-up this image and make some fur­ther adjust­ments to reveal more detail. I fig­ured that I was prob­a­bly a per­fect can­di­date for analy­sis as it relates to my line of work. What I ended up with was a col­orized ver­sion of this Daguerreo­type. I didn’t spend too much time refin­ing the image — maybe a lit­tle over a hour tops. I’m cer­tain I could spend days if I really wanted to get it just per­fect, but for the pur­pose this suited it just fine.

Here is the orig­i­nal black and white image:


Boule­vard du Tem­ple by Daguerre

Direct down­load link if you’re hav­ing prob­lems view­ing this in your browser:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Boulevard_du_Temple_by_Daguerre.jpg (right-click, save-as.)

Here is the col­orized ver­sion of this pho­to­graph which helped bring out the details for me:

Colorized Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre

Col­orized Boule­vard du Tem­ple by Daguerre

Direct down­load link if you’re hav­ing prob­lems view­ing this in your browser:

http://artwork.lunarlog.com/wp-content/uploads/Boulevard_du_Temple_by_Daguerre-colorized.jpg (right-click, save-as.)

Here is a ver­sion with my notes super­im­posed on top of the image not­ing my findings:

Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre with Notes

Boule­vard du Tem­ple by Daguerre with Notes

Direct down­load link if you’re hav­ing prob­lems view­ing this in your browser:

http://artwork.lunarlog.com/wp-content/uploads/Boulevard_du_Temple_by_Daguerre-color-notes.jpg (right-click, save-as.)

Here is an older arti­cle on the orig­i­nal black and white image:


In the end, I think I may have iden­ti­fied some addi­tional peo­ple within this scene. I think I may have also iden­ti­fied the time of day and sea­son. I can’t be 100% cer­tain. In an ideal sit­u­a­tion, I’d like to get my hands on the orig­i­nal plate in order to accu­rately scan it. That may bring out a lit­tle more detail, but I would imag­ine it would be min­i­mal at best.

It would be great if other peo­ple would take a look at it and see if there’s any­thing that I missed.

UPDATE (11/1/2010)

Based on some very good obser­va­tions and com­ments, I’ve made some updates to this image and high­lighted other call-outs.

  1. I’ve changed the scene to spring for this version.
  2. I’ve removed the red from the street. It is most likely grey, but the grey makes the image slightly more dif­fi­cult to interpret.
  3. The grass has been removed based on other, most recent pho­tographs. I believe that this was prob­a­bly a hard-packed clay instead.
  4. This might seem far-fetched, but a cat might be seen in a win­dow (from Karen.)
  5. Based on a com­ment, I think that the per­son “get­ting his shoes shined” is actu­ally some­one at a water pump (thanks Cold­cat.)  I believe there may be two buck­ets at his feet.
  6. Based on a com­ment by “Mik in Mon­tague”, there seems to be some­one sit­ting to the left of the wheelchair/baby car­riage. I now believe that they’re sit­ting on a bench which is fac­ing us.
  7. To the right (behind the car­riage) seems to be another per­son sit­ting behind the car­riage. I’ve made out the shape of what seems to be an arm. Sar­lix may have com­mented on this earlier.
  8. I’ve just noticed that there may be a lit­tle per­son sit­ting, fac­ing the car­riage in between the two peo­ple at the bench.

Here is the lat­est revised image:

Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre Modified

Boule­vard du Tem­ple by Daguerre Mod­i­fied 11/1/2010

Direct down­load link if you’re hav­ing prob­lems view­ing this in your browser:

http://artwork.lunarlog.com/wp-content/uploads/Boulevard_du_Temple_by_Daguerre-modified.jpg (right-click, save-as.)

Here is a close-up of the per­son at the “water pump”:

Boulevard du Temple Water Pump

Boule­vard du Tem­ple Water Pump

Here is a close-up of two (per­haps even three) peo­ple pos­si­bly sit­ting at a bench to the right of the per­son above. Please note that a lot of the fine noise and “blocks” in this image is due to JPEG com­pres­sion. The only way to really remove the noise is to take a bet­ter look at the orig­i­nal JPEG (if avail­able assum­ing that is hasn’t changed much) or to res­can the orig­i­nal plate image:

Boulevard du Temple Bench

Boule­vard du Tem­ple Bench


98 Responses to Colorized Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre

  1. michel says:

    Très bon tra­vail, il me sem­ble cepen­dant que les toits des immeubles hauss­man­niens devraient avoir la couleur du zinc et non de la tuile.

  2. michel says:

    Sorry I wrote my com­ment in French. I said good work but I guess the roofs of the hauss­mann­ian build­ings (top left)should be grey as they are made of zinc.

  3. cleo says:

    Hi Michel. Thank you very much. No need to apol­o­gize for using French — that’s why I put a trans­late but­ton at the top of this web­site. Besides, it’s a beau­ti­ful language. :)

  4. Q says:

    It appears that you may have missed a per­son at the lower right under the red awning (fac­ing left). Leg, foot, arm, and head seems clearly visible.

  5. cleo says:

    Near the fore­ground tree in the lower right? I can see some­thing there too that resem­bles a per­son stand­ing. We really need a bet­ter scan of the orig­i­nal — assum­ing that the orig­i­nal still exists.

  6. Phil Amend says:

    Since I became fas­ci­nated with this pho­to­graph a week and a half ago (like many, I believe, drawn in by the recent news story on the US daguer­rotype), I have been using some spa­tial fil­ter­ing tech­niques to get a clearer view of the advertisement/sign on the side of the build­ing in the dis­tance and can con­tribute the following:

    104 RUE DE/DU ?
    HUILE ?????

    My real find is the arched MEILLEUR (Trans­la­tion: BEST or SUPERIOR) at the top of the sign pretty much con­firm­ing this as an adver­tise­ment for some type of prod­uct (an oil cure?) Credit for ‘HUILE’ and ‘DU’ goes to Geor­geN above. I inde­pen­dently came up with the rest and believe ARMES or ALMES would be more likely French names although AXMES does fit the image.

    My guess is that the street name may be abbre­vi­ated. For exam­ple, 104 RUE DU T. (for 104 Rue du Temple).

    I am pretty sure that with the right sharp­en­ing and fil­ter­ing process (and some exper­tise on 1838 Parisian ads) this sign can be fully retrieved pro­vid­ing an inter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal reference.

    By the way, I believe I have found 2 or 3 addi­tional peo­ple that can be seen just to the left of the sign (peer­ing out of the win­dows of the build­ing — espe­cially the win­dow imme­di­ately to the left of the sign — enlarg­ing the image is nec­es­sary to see these).

  7. James says:

    Do you notice a lit­tle boy look­ing out the 3rd floor win­dow in the white build­ing? He seemed to be star­ing at what Daguerre was doing with his cam­era in front of the white build­ing. I have looked for a white build­ing in the today’s photo and Google Street View photo but could not find it. Do you know where is the white build­ing in the Google Street View photo? The white build­ing seemed to be torn down and replaced with newer build­ings while the other older build­ings are still stand­ing that Daguerre took this pic­ture in 1838.

  8. James says:

    Num­ber 4 under “Update (11/1/2010)” above say­ing the cat might be seen in the win­dow that is an actual boy pulling the cur­tain aside and look­ing out the win­dow in the white build­ing, not the cat.

    The other day I looked at the Daguerre’s photo, some­one saw a horse-drawn car­riage park­ing along the side­walk on the street far­ther (in the back­ground of this photo, just above the white build­ing with a black tall chim­ney — a black dot that where the horse-drawn car­riage park­ing is) from the shoe shiner boy and his cus­tomer at the cor­ner of that street. I looked at it for a minute or so until I found it and that might be a horse stand­ing with its horse-drawn car­riage there. You need to look at it for a minute or so until you will find it. If it is, that is interesting!

  9. Phil Amend says:


    I also believe that to be a curi­ous lit­tle boy or girl pulling back the drapes and look­ing out the win­dow at Daguerre’s unusual activ­i­ties. You can almost make out his/her ears, eyes and hair on a small round face.

    This is the period of the July Monar­chy (1830–1848) with King Louis-Philippe I and Prime Min­is­ter Count Molé as well as cul­tural fig­ures such as Vic­tor Hugo, de Balzac and George Sand/Chopin.

    In that con­text, imag­ine for a moment the world inside that room from which the child is peer­ing out: no elec­tric­ity, no tele­vi­sion, no radio, no com­put­ers, no Inter­net. Wooden floors, can­dles and gas lights, the smell of lit fire­places and hearths. Infor­ma­tion deliv­ered by news­pa­per and human inter­ac­tion. The lilt of spo­ken French waft­ing up and down the stair­case. Rel­a­tive silence and tran­quil­ity inter­rupted only by early-19th-century lev­els of street noise in the form of horse-drawn car­riages. And then, across the street…like a time machine, a bril­liant inven­tor slices in with a 20th-century tech­nol­ogy and cap­tures this world we weren’t nor­mally meant to see. Fas­ci­nat­ing and poignant somehow…

    The Wikipedia page for this pho­to­graph also points to what looks like a woman’s face vis­i­ble in the lower-right-hand-corner of the small 3rd win­dow down from the top of the 1st col­umn of windows.

    As far as the exis­tence of the white build­ing today — it appears that it was even­tu­ally torn down but used to stand on what is now the mid­dle of Place de la République (see this won­der­ful 2002 French study posted by philnext above.)

  10. Phil Amend says:

    Here is the link to that 2002 French study again:


  11. cleo says:

    Thank you for all of your com­ments. I’m fas­ci­nated and amazed at how oth­ers con­tinue to find items within this image. It has been a very fun detec­tive game for many of us.

    As for a girl or a boy pulling aside the cur­tain — it could very well be, but I find the details extremely hard to deter­mine unlike the per­son stand­ing at the pump and the peo­ple sit­ting on the bench.

  12. James says:

    Phil Amend–

    Thanks for your com­ment and infor­ma­tion on the Boule­vard Du Tem­ple web­site. I have checked that web­site out for more infor­ma­tion on the 1830s old map of Paris and Place de le Republique area. It seems to me that the foun­tain pool in the Place de le Republique area where the white build­ing was once stood. I wish the white build­ing could have still stood today as Daguerre took his pic­ture in 1838 and could visit the Place de la Republique area as a tourist.

    Peo­ple lived dur­ing that time — no indoor toi­let or shower (the out­door toi­let and shower should be located some­where behind the build­ings), no run­ning water (they would have to travel a few blocks away or even 1 kilo­me­ter to the near­est water wells or a river or even a canal — you could see it on the 1830s Paris map) to col­lect water and bring it back to the apart­ment build­ings, no refrig­er­a­tor, no toi­let paper, no towel paper, tele­phone or cell phones, no dogs or cats allowed in the apart­ment build­ings because of fleas, etc., a few schools for chil­dren as the French law did not required for them to attend schools and no air con­di­tion­ing, etc.

    As for a woman’s face vis­i­ble in the win­dow in that photo, I looked at it all but did not see the woman’s face in that win­dow. I saw the only lit­tle boy peer­ing out the 3rd floor win­dow in the white build­ing and about four per­sons in the photo. Also, after some­one said he or she saw the horse-drawn car­riage in the street (other web­site) the other day, I think I saw (barely vis­i­ble) a horse stand­ing with its horse-drawn car­riage park­ing along the side­walk in the street (above the white building’s roof with a black dot in the cen­ter of the horse-drawn car­riage).
    Have you tried to look at it and found it yet?

    The 1838 Parisian Every­day Life in that photo, the shoe shine boy would have to come out to work on the street all day (if he would not have to go to school) and earns a lit­tle money — few French coins (prob­a­bly less than 5 Cen­times or 5 cents per cus­tomer dur­ing that period) every­day in order to sup­port his poor fam­ily. The shoe shine boy and his fam­ily prob­a­bly lived in the white apart­ment build­ing just like the peer­ing boy in the win­dow who lived there while the other three peo­ple — a man, a woman and a baby that are sit­ting on a bench there could be a middle-class fam­ily and the other per­son who could get shoe shined from the shine shoe boy could be a wealthy man.

    The 1838 Daguerre photo is an inter­est­ing photo with human fig­ures! I wish I could get the Daguerre photo repro­duc­tion frame(the big­ger size just like the one above) from his orig­i­nal photo and hang on the wall in my office or home.

  13. James says:


    I saw an actual lit­tle boy pulling the cur­tain aside and peer­ing out the 3rd win­dow floor in the white build­ing because he had a short hair with his vis­i­ble ears (some­what blurry when his face with ears moved slightly), eyes and mouth.

    Have you seen (barely vis­i­ble) or find a horse stand­ing with its horse-drawn car­riage park­ing along the side­walk in the street (above the white building’s roof with a black dot in the cen­ter of the horse-drawn car­riage) in the photo? I could barely see it there.

  14. James says:

    Phil Amend–

    I would have said “no tele­phones or no cell phones in the sec­ond para­graph above.

  15. James says:

    Phil Amend–

    I for­got to add no social secu­rity, no health insur­ance, etc. for peo­ple there dur­ing that period in the sec­ond para­graph. We can imag­ine we would con­tinue work­ing until we have time to stop work­ing when we are older enough and then we would ask our adult chil­dren to sup­port us with their money, food, etc.

  16. cleo says:

    @James — great writ­ing — it really sets the mood for liv­ing in that time. I do won­der if this was con­sid­ered a “wealth­ier” neigh­bor­hood back then. Per­haps if it was, there might have been a greater empha­sis on edu­ca­tion in that area.

    I think you have a good point about the like­li­hood of keep­ing pets around back then.

    Also, I think some peo­ple feel that the “shoe shin­ing per­son” is some­how demean­ing. In my opin­ion, it is a job and we all have to make a liv­ing. I per­son­ally do not look down upon some­one in that posi­tion as we all have to make ends meet somehow.

    That being said, I tend to believe it is a water pump now as I think that I can make out buck­ets at the person’s feet.

    As for the image, I haven’t taken a look again this week­end as I’ve been fairly swamped with work and writ­ing. I will take a look later.

  17. GodsDawn says:

    I believe that there is a boy, or man, to the left of the big white build­ing. There is a sign at the cor­ner of the build­ing and what appears to pos­si­bly be stairs along side the build­ing. The per­son looks as though they may be on the 3rd step and they have their head hung down (they are fac­ing the build­ing or even pos­si­bly an alley? where there might be con­vers­ing with a hid­den per­son). I also noticed that if you were to con­tinue up the stairs there seems to be a very vis­i­ble leg and a faint image of the rest of the body of some­one under the awning. I would be inter­ested in your com­ments to my observations.

  18. GodsDawn says:

    the more I look that the image of that per­son, it seems as though a rope is thrown over his shoul­der and attached to a water bucket.

  19. GodsDawn says:

    .…my apolo­gies, to the LEFT of the big white building.

  20. GodsDawn says:

    oh no, it is to the RIGHT.…..

  21. James says:


    I think the shoeshine boy could be behind the water pump there and would use it for clean­ing cus­tomers’ shoes or boots or some­thing like that along with his small cart (shoeshine sup­plies). It looks like he was about to get his customer’s boots shoeshined. There were numer­ous shoeshine boys in dark clothes in city streets like this photo in the 19th cen­tury to earn money to sup­port their families.

  22. Phil Amend says:

    Just to clar­ify: It is in a CORRECTLY ORIENTED photo (with Boule­vard du Tem­ple run­ning to the RIGHT of the white build­ing) that the woman’s face is vis­i­ble in the lower-right-hand-corner of the small 3rd win­dow down from the top of the 1st col­umn of win­dows. How­ever, if you are look­ing at the horizontally-reversed image (as in the col­orized ver­sions above), then she would be found in the lower-left-hand-corner of the small 3rd win­dow down from the top of the 2nd col­umn of windows.

  23. James says:

    I have been look­ing at this Daguerre black and white pho­to­graph and study­ing per­sons and other things at the street cor­ner. I believe that there is a shoeshine boy with a cap behind a small denuded tree and a water pump (pos­si­bly) and a small cart with two wheels that are all in sev­eral dif­fer­ent posi­tions closely together next to a man who is about to get shoeshined by a shoeshine boy.

    About the horse stand­ing with its horse-drawn car­riage park­ing along the side­walk in the street that could be barely vis­i­ble, try to look at it for a minute or more until you find it: It is located at top left of the top tall black chim­ney on the white building’s roof, between the two trees by sev­eral build­ings across the street from the other build­ings above the white build­ing — a black dot that where the horse stand­ing with its horse-drawn car­riage is located. You need to enlarge 100% image so you could look at it and find it. Please let me know if you find it.

  24. James says:

    Check out Bing map web­site:
    Type “Place de la Republique Paris” in the search sec­tion and click to find a word “aer­ial” in a gray sec­tion top left of the map and scroll down to click Bird’s Eye and then you see the Place de le Republique area, includ­ing Boule­vard du Tem­ple above. Awe­some! This infor­ma­tion on the Bing web­site seems to be more clearly (esp. Bird’s eye) than the other online maps or some 19th Cen­tury Paris maps.

  25. Nice work. I have enjoyed the improve­ments! Can you put it up with­out the com­ments to see better?

    Cou­ple of addi­tions: the photo is a mir­ror image and you can tell that by the writ­ing on the wall. I can make out a 104 RUE some­thing. Obvi­ously the name of a firm on top with their address below. In the orig­i­nal, there seems to be woman at 10:00 from the man shin­ing his shoes. She is under the lamp post. Seems to have gone, or you cleaned it up and she was not there. I need to be care­ful for read­ing more into the photo than is there.

  26. leonard says:

    The time of day can be deter­mined if you know the direc­tion of the view. I can tell you with 99% cer­tainty that is towards the east because of the curve of the boule­vard. This means the Seine is far off to the right

    If you know Paris light and the length of shad­ows at dif­fer­ent sea­sons of the year the sea­son will become apparent.

  27. Jim says:

    I’ve been star­ing at the water pump fig­ure and I think I may have a ver­sion of events. I think there’s some­one squat­ting or sit­ting on a bucket ‘behind’ the pump: they’ve been pump­ing (you’d sit down after that exer­tion). His friend or maybe just a passer-by has stopped to chat and has his foot on one of the buck­ets of pumped water while they have their con­ver­sa­tion. Look­ing at the stand­ing fig­ure, he has his hands behind his back which looks nat­ural in con­ver­sa­tion. I’d almost cer­tainly say that this isn’t a shoe-shining image.

    I can imag­ine the sec­ond man on his haunches, shuf­fling the buck­ets around, as the stand­ing man talks about the lovely weather or the the­atre or maybe the fire that gut­ted the house in the mid­dle of the photo. Fascinating…

  28. ringoesq says:

    the man by the “shoe shin­ing water pump” may have been mr daque­rre him­self or an accom­plice, strik­ing a sta­tic pose for sev­eral min­utes of cam­era expo­sure in order to pro­duce a clear and def­i­nite fig­ure outline.

  29. David says:

    What about the chat­ting cou­ple on the roof(?) at the front?
    Or am I imag­in­ing things?

  30. Maybe it helps if you look at a sec­ond pic­ture Daguerre made at mid­day. It can be found at:
    http://www.stanford.edu/~njenkins/archives/2007/08/traces.html, it clears up the shoe shine discussion.

  31. Also there are at least three houses still stand­ing, they can be vis­ited using google street view, just read this: http://www.niepce-daguerre.com/boulevard_du_Temple_de_dag.html.

  32. cleo says:

    @David. Wow, I think you might have seen some­one “hid­ing” in plain sight.

    One thing I find really fas­ci­nat­ing is how crowd­sourc­ing these images has turned up so many unex­pected results. A “nor­mal” pho­to­graph these days prob­a­bly wouldn’t turn up this much interest.

    I would prob­a­bly con­clude with­out a shadow of a doubt that this is the very first pho­to­graph of peo­ple — not just a sin­gle per­son as ini­tially thought.

    @Rob. I wish there was a larger scan of that image!

  33. Matheus Parisotto says:

    In the beanch next to the cart, it’s very clar for me the face of a men, it’s pos­sibe to see his eyes, nose, and beard, and a bada head.

    And that’s not a water pump, it’s a boy behind a young tree (I don’t know how to cal it in engish), because there is one other pic­ture made os this same view, and it’s very clear that there is no water pump.

    And by the way, you did a really great job coi­riz­ing this picture!!

  34. Matheus Parisotto says:

    This pic­ture is amaz­ing. It was made just 22 years after the end of the napoeonic wars, maybe the mens in boe­vard could be napoenic war veterans

  35. Very, very inter­est­ing. Quite pos­si­bly THE most inter­est­ing pho­to­graph ever, as it is SUCH a tremen­dously long time ago. We can’t even imag­ine. Think about it; at the exact time that this photo was taken, today’s mod­ern cities like Los Ange­les and San Fran­scisco were small, sleepy towns by the bor­der to Mex­ico. Per­sons in this pic­ture that were 24 years of age and up had actu­ally lived dur­ing Napoleon and some were prob­a­bly veterans.

    When this pic­ture was taken, great his­tor­i­cal fig­ures like Abra­ham Lin­coln were still young. I believe Lin­coln was still a lawyer at this time.

    The major­ity of the young sol­diers who would fight in the Amer­i­can Civil War were yet to be born.

    Check out this link I found. Oh and by the way, since the photo was a Daguer­re­type, it was reversed. To keep the angle and real­ism up to date, you should move it the other way round.

    Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emanistan/4298578797/

  36. Walther says:

    Will check later in the year when over in Paris again. But isn’t there a water trough along the bvd. near place de la République? It is where the pave­ment rises above the road and passes by Chez Jenny? It might be this which shows where the pump had been. Love this area from Bastille all the way up to Canal Saint Mar­tin.

  37. Randi says:

    The man is actu­ally get­ting a shoe shine — it is not a water pump…in addi­tion, it is tech­ni­cally not the first pho­to­graph by a human.…the first pho­to­graph was taken ca. 1824 or 26 by Niepce.

  38. Photo Kid says:

    It is incor­rect to say that this was the first photo ever. It was not. The first photo that was devel­oped and taken was by Nicephore Niepce in 1824 (View from Win­dow at Le Gras). It was a heli­o­graph. Daguerre came after­wards. Just clar­i­fy­ing as a his­tory and pho­tog­ra­phy enthusiast.

  39. cleo says:

    @Photo Kid: It is the first “known” pho­to­graph of “peo­ple” (mul­ti­ple) which is correct.

  40. Simon says:

    The sec­ond pic­ture is very help­ful. Given the posi­tion of the cur­tains, I think that really is a small child — more than likely intrigued by what the man in the win­dow of the build­ing oppo­site is doing with that funny box! It would explain why the kid was able to stay still for so long.

    I won­der if the clearly vis­i­ble cart parked on the edge of the street is the same one we saw parked on the side­walk in the more famous photo — per­haps here folded up, while it was opened for dis­play on the sidewalk.

    Another clue that hasn’t been dis­cussed very much is that the human fig­ures (shoe­black and cus­tomer) cast a shadow in the shape of a low­er­case h, which might help deter­mine the angle they were standing/sitting. The round pro­tru­sion from the shadow is vis­i­ble in both pic­tures and is prob­a­bly a depres­sion in the pave­ment or some other marking.

    And yes, that’s a sapling, not a water pump.

  41. Zach says:

    I was look­ing at the photo on the white build­ing under the cat in the win­dow note it looks like u can see a man look­ing out the 2nd sto­rie win­dow or it may be 2 peo­ple cant tell

  42. Caligula says:

    hauss­mann???? Crétin des alpes, c’est en juin 1853 l’Empereur Napléon III lui con­fie la mis­sion d’assainir et d’embellir Paris …

  43. Joe says:

    amaz­ing! But, I found 3–6 more peo­ple at the (mar­ket stalls)? One man looks like he is bend­ing on a counter, another next to him on the right, and two more behind them. I also saw some other figures.

  44. shoes says:

    Can I sim­ply say what a com­fort to uncover some­one that actu­ally under­stands what they
    are talk­ing about online. You def­i­nitely know how to bring a
    prob­lem to light and make itt impor­tant. A lot more peop­ple
    have to look at this and under­stand this side
    of your story. I was sur­prised you are not more
    pop­u­lar since you cer­tainly pos­sess the gift.

  45. RE Hutch says:

    Cleo, Thank you for post­ing this. I came across this site from a VSauce link. I spent some time think­ing about how this was a slice of his­tory and try­ing to imag­ine how things were back when that photo was taken. It was a trip to the past and I never left my home.
    I was unable to view the col­orized pic­tures in their entirety, I don’t know if it was my browser (Chrome or IE (both up to date)) or what the prob­lem was. Nor was I able to down­load the pic­tures. Right click­ing just gave the option to DL a Link. Per­haps you could see about mak­ing the col­orized and notated images more eas­ily down­load­able?
    Also, on the clos­est build­ing in the fore­ground (the build­ing with the boy/cat in the win­dow.) On the side of the build­ing towards the road there appears to be some kind of skele­tonized struc­ture at the top, almost like it would sup­port the cloth on a cov­ered wagon. Any idea what this is? Or even guesses?
    I enjoyed the work you did on this photo. Per­haps one day you can get a bet­ter scan of the orig­i­nal or have some­one with access to some seri­ous photo enhance­ment equip­ment take a look at it.
    I really enjoyed this page and all the great com­ments. It kept me day dream­ing for a few hours.

  46. Nat Moons,CVV says:

    The man in the image is not either shoeshin­ing or by a water pump.
    The upper part of the leg is too high for him to be shoe shin­ing
    The “water pump” is noth­ing else but a wood pole hold­ing a new planted tree.
    In the inter­net you can find another Daguerre taken a few hours apart with nobody
    on it and a lot of wood poles hold­ing new planted trees. So what?!
    Our imag­i­na­tion tends to com­pli­cate the real­ity that he his there stand­ing in one leg
    & step­ping in some­thing to move the least pos­si­ble dur­ing the 10–15 min­utes of the s expo­sure. In the first pole/tree a slight blur caused it look like a water pump.
    So states the Count of Valverde who was there in 1838.

  47. Erin says:

    If you fol­low the cat in the win­dow around to the back of the house, there appears to be a bal­cony with a woman doing laundry.

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