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George M. Silisbee 
Fossil Footprints in a Sandstone Slab 
1854 
  
Salted paper print 
8 1/8 x 8 1/16 ins 
  
Archive Farms 
 
LL/64991 
  
John C. Warren, 1854, Remarks on some fossil impressions in the sandstone rocks of the Connecticut River, (Boston: Ticknor and Fields)
 
Lucian Goldschmidt and Weston J. Neaf, 1980, The Truthful Lense, (New York: The Grolier Club), p. 108
 
William F. Robinson, 1980, A Certain Slant of Light, The First Hundred Years of New England Photography, (Boston: New York Graphic Society), p. 51
 
Reported to be the first photograph to appear in a scientific publication anywhere and the second to appear in an American book. 
 

 
  
 
  
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