Unidentified hottie, c. 1860
This blog post is my humble homage to my favorite blog of the moment, My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. It combines sharp wit with a clean, attractive page-perfection! In combing our archives for a contribution, the above unidentified young hottie is the first of, hopefully, many contributions we can make to the annals of historical hotness. (It is not, however, a daguerreotype, nor are many of the images on MDB.)
Though the humorous nature of this blog is the number one reason I tune in, I think that efforts like My Daguerreotype Boyfriend provide a bit more cultural good than what appears upon the surface. History can sometimes seem hard to connect with and dull- especially to younger generations. Humor is a great way to inject an otherwise dry topic with some life and interest. Even though we might visit a sight like MDB for laughs, it’s likely that it will spark interest in other topics as well. If you didn’t know what a daguerreotype was before you viewed the site, I bet you searched for it afterwards. Many of the pictures on MDB are rarely seem images of famous individuals-Teddy Roosevelt, shirtless, straight from sculling practice at Harvard? Why yes, I did learn something new! And at 10,000 followers, I think plenty more folks are learning too!