Inwood’s First Selfie: Vermilyea Avenue Photographer William Hassler | My Inwood

by Cole Thompson

Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” -Oxford English Dictionary


In 2013 the Oxford English Dictionary officially recognized the word “selfie”, but as early as 1913 Inwood photographer William Davis Hassler was perfecting the technique.

Hassler, a skilled photographer best known for his panoramic views of New York City, lived and worked out of 150 Vermilyea, #44.

From this small studio, really just a nook carved from his living quarters, the prolific shutterbug prepared for photographic forays around the city with his employer, real estate titan Joseph P. Day.

During a period spanning 1910 through his death in 1921 Hassler captured life across the five boroughs.

Read more: Inwood’s First Selfie: Vermilyea Avenue Photographer William Hassler.

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2 Responses to “Inwood’s First Selfie: Vermilyea Avenue Photographer William Hassler | My Inwood”

  1. djboy says:

    No led, I will not allow this. Lol. This is called a self portrait. A selfie is taken with like the def says, a smartphone or webcam.
    Also, the term self portrait has been around for ages and this…is one of them.

    Via seguir.

  2. djboy says:

    No led, I will not allow this. Lol. This is called a self portrait. A selfie is taken with like the def says, a smartphone or webcam.
    Also, the term self portrait has been around for ages and this…is one of them.

    Va seguir.

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