As everyone enjoys their 4th of July BBQs and fireworks, take a few minutes to check out this excellent Time magazine photo essay of figures from the Revolutionary War who lived into the age of photography. Some of them lived longer than 100 years.Journalist Joe Bauman gathered these amazing photographs and daguerreotypes:
His collection, which now includes eight daguerreotypes, took three decades of research to compile and is considered the largest known collection of Revolutionary War veteran daguerreotypes to date. Several years ago, Bauman published the images, along with histories of the men, in an e-book, Don’t Tread on Me: Photographs and Life Stories of American Revolutionaries, not only bringing to light images that had largely gone unseen, but that astonished — and still astonish — people who never imagined that such portraits even existed.
Via Meadia wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July.