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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) 
  
Cabinet card 
Missouri Historical Society 
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum, Thomas Easterly Collection N17691. 
  
 
LL/36414 
  
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). 
 

 
  
 
  
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