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Daguerreotype of a Streak of Lightning taken June 18th 1847 at 9 o'clock P.M. By T.M. Easterly St. Louis Mo.
1847, 18 June (taken) 1874-1878 (cabinet card)
Missouri Historical Society
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum, Thomas Easterly Collection N17691.
This may be the first streak of lightning ever captured photographically. The original daguerreotype is lost, but this copy photograph taken in the 1870s captures Easterly's historic achievement.
This cabinet card copy of an original, now lost, Daguerreotype was uploaded to Flickr (2009-2010).