Top 11 Photos That Were Historical Firsts


11. First Photograph of People Playing Chess

During the Victorian Era, chess became really popular, but winning wasn’t the only thing that mattered. It was about the way you were winning. Games full of bold attacks and unpredictable moves were highly appreciated.

With the development of photographic techniques and the public accessibility to cameras, many photos of people playing chess appeared. They were usually taken in coffee shops, as they were a really popular place for playing this game.

It is thought that the first known photograph of people playing chess was taken in 1841, by Nicolaas Henneman who is also one of the players. This historical moment wasn’t his last photograph of chess players. One of them from 1845 can also be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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