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“Eat Your Heart Out Ellen!”: Colin Powell And A Brief History Of The Vintage Selfie

Think Colin Powell’s Facebook selfie looks old? Turns out he was 150 years behind the trend.

“Eat Your Heart Out Ellen!”: Colin Powell And A Brief History Of The Vintage Selfie

Move over, Ellen DeGeneres, there’s a new selfie sheriff in town.

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This morning, 76-year-old retired secretary of state General Colin Powell posted a vintage selfie on his Facebook page.

Throwback Thursday – I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!

Powell, of course, was not the first person to capture their own image pre-iPhone. And so to celebrate Powell’s image, we’ve compiled some of the best vintage selfies in history.

General Colin L. Powell via Facebook

1839: Chemist and metallurgist Robert Cornelius captures the world’s first selfie

Photo by Robert Cornelius via Library of Congress

1898: Belgian painter, Henri Evenepoel

Photo via News.com.au.

1910: A man experiments with his camera

Photo via News.com.au.

1920: Photographers on the roof of the Marceau Studio, New York

Photo by The Byron Company via The Museum of the City of New York

The result:

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Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.

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