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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