Who Took The First Selfie … REALLY?

Who Took The First Selfie … REALLY?

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White House tour social media ban: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tourist-selfies-white-house/story?id=32156132




Chauvet cave: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauvet_Cave


“Exploring the Selfie”: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-57949-8

Chimp looking in water image: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Juvenile-chimpanzee-playing-with-his-own-reflection-in-the-water-Apes-are-known-to_fig1_7689692

Smithsonian Magazine article on Cornelius: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-is-the-first-selfie-ever-180948114/

Smithsonian archive page for Fitz’s selfie: https://www.si.edu/object/nmah_694883

Hippolyte Bayard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolyte_Bayard

“Is Cereal Soup?” Vsauce video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9ak89FwYeI

MV Lobethal: https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._V._Lobethal

Mirror selfie from Ginnigan on reddit: https://i.imgur.com/zJJwQGF.png

Byron extended arm selfie: https://vintagenewsdaily.com/these-amazing-self-portraits-by-joseph-byron-may-be-the-first-selfies-ever-made/

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova:


Perkins teenage self-portrait: https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/william-henry-perkin

early selfie sticks: https://pastebin.com/Qr66ppGQ

Byron “usie”: https://www.fastcompany.com/3026832/this-might-be-the-first-selfie-in-photographic-history

Jhoane Baterna-Pateña: http://www.baterna-patena.com/

Historical images re-imagined as selfies: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/historical-photo-selfies_n_4310424

Vivian Maier: http://www.vivianmaier.com/

instant cameras:


Michael Collins’ reverse-selfie: https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/object_page/a11_h_44_6642.html

First selfie-stick patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US4530580

Lester Wisbrod:






First camera phone picture:

“Here I Am Taking My Own Picture” (nytimes) 2006: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/fashion/sundaystyles/here-i-am-taking-my-own-picture.html

Oldest recorded use of “seflie”:

(archive of forum post): https://web.archive.org/web/20040117090107/http://www2b.abc.net.au/science/k2/stn/archives/archive32/newposts/169/topic169861.shtm

Aussie slang:


“selfie” as word of the year:


Anachronym: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misnomer#Anachronym

“The Return of the Selfie” (New Yorker): https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-return-of-the-selfie

Kardashian belfie pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/fjw59uuS7b/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=06354636-71c2-4f46-b660-6db9127561dd

Belfie stick: http://belfiestick.com/

ALL MUSIC BY JAKE CHUDNOW: https://www.youtube.com/jakechudnow

additional images: https://pastebin.com/ypBQHiG4

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39 Responses

  1. Drawinglikeasir says:

    It doesn’t matter how much time passes between Michael’s uploads, he’s always gonna look the same.

  2. King Nedya says:

    Anatasia’s selfies are so interesting to look at, because they really do look exactly like something that would be taken today. People don’t change, it’s the world that does, and we may adapt with it, but deep down we’re all still the same. It’s an oddly comforting thought.

    • Conner Broeker says:

      Its also terrifying because the same societies who owned slaves and had public tortures and executions have the same human nature that we do

    • TeutonicEmperor1198 says:

      @Steven Hogue that reminds me of the vandalism a Varangian guardian did to Hagia Sophia!

    • 17th Stellation of the Icosidodecahedron says:

      @Markus Willinger If you believe human life has no value, then you also believe that atrocities committed against humans are meaningless. Don’t conclude that life is worthless; instead be angry at violence and murder because people have a right to live. If you believe someone did nothing to deserve to be killed, then they don’t deserve to be condemned along with all of humanity.

    • Markus Willinger says:

      It makes me so sad I cannot tell… Innocent young girl – cruel humans. I also have 2 doughters… It makes me deeply angry to see what cruel things humans are capable of doing! Humanity is not worth surviving any longer.

    • Jonathan Odude says:

      I am not comforted in the knowledge that someone who behaved just as the people around me do was violently and brutally removed from existence for no other reason than what she represented. what change to the social order may occur in our lifetime that cause us to suffer the same fate? after all, the world we live in now was crafted by a large number of german jews (read: normal people) who fled to the US (normal country) only 80 years ago, and that only happened because of a change in the social order in a normal country. in theory, this was also a normal event.

  3. Kyle Hill says:

    Another example of a *perfect* explainer video.

  4. darkmatter says:

    The Anastasia story is so sad. She brought a form of happiness that didn’t exist before. People had such a hard time appreciating themselves. A hard time looking in the mirror. They still do. But to be able to express your emotion because you are the subject and director in your story. It’s just so special.

    • TheOne Bman says:

      @Skyhawk _452 Worst part — they were killed because the Bolshevik leaders were intentionally lying and exaggerating to the people about the Tsar’s family
      The October Revolution was the worst thing to happen to Russia

    • Skyhawk _452 says:

      Her whole family’s story is sad. All killed just to appease Lenin and his thugs. Not much has changed in Russia since.

  5. Sfrags01 says:

    I love when he unexpectedly jumps into the frame, it’s probably his favorite part too

  6. Gシ says:

    Micheal is the only person who can start a video with an illegal pooping selfie and everyone just immediately accepts it

  7. HumorBagel says:

    4:25 the search 😂 one of the amazing life questions we can have answered from Vsauce 🙌

  8. ZeroKage69 says:

    this video brought tears to my eyes because of how profound the idea of the evolution of self portraits into selfies is despite being such a mundane thing. I don’t know why but I get emotional over learning to look at things in a whole new way. I remember how I always had just memorized that pi is 3.14 etc but I never conceptualized what it really meant, I just sort of knew it as something used in geometry involving circles and got by with just plugging in the number in equations but then I started watching match videos on youtube and getting more interested in math stuff and then feeling such a joy in understanding how pi is the ratio of the diameter to the circumference, like I had heard that phrased that way before but never really conceptualized what it meant, that a circle with a diameter of 1 will have a circumference of pi, that if you take that circle and lay it out flat the line you would get would be 3.14 units of that 1 unit diameter circle, and when I finally really grasped that for the first time I was just amazed and wanted to share it with everyone else cause it felt so astounding of a revelation to me at the time. And looking at selfies in this whole different way has also brought me to that feeling of revelation, granted maybe not as much but still. It’s always just so amazing to see something so simple taken to such detail and to come out of it able to see it in a new light.

    • VR7 says:

      this happened to me too! In 9th grade I became so interested in science I used to watch vsauce, veritasium etc whole day. I *knew* about science most people learn science but science is a very fascinating subject. But after 9th grade I got in videogames and shit and ruined ny brain. But I still love science

    • Scientist Walter says:

      Glad you could open your third eye as well.

    • Oshun Bleu says:

      It is the Natural Way of the Cosmos..
      Within You, there is a Great Celebration and Gratitude as the brain creates New neurological pathways when New Enlightening information is introduced and the Bliss of putting together pieces of Life that “click” or expand understanding, connects the heart and mind . Tears flow from the abysmal sensations of KNOWING that.. You Know Nothing.. But that Every “Thing” is Perfect and Fascinating. 😉

  9. DeadSpacedOut says:

    Keep that Password memorized Michael, this type of content is some of my favorite on YouTube and i’m just some dingus who plays Video Games but you always seem to make your videos so damn captivating. Part of this is likely due to how fast you go thru things and in-depth you explain them, because I find it difficult to focus on things, but your videos almost always keep my damned ADHD brain in check and I absolutely love ’em!

  10. Sakshi sood says:

    This is probably the first time that Michael didn’t go off topic at all, he explained everything about this topic, from introduction to body to conclusion and still left us wondering with a very important questions in the end 👏

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