Ray, a grumpy blue square, is dressed as an upset Louis Daguerre. Ray watches Morgan, an awkward green oval, point a camera at his crotch and slide his jeans down.

August 19, 1839

In Paris, Louis Daguerre shares his photography innovations with the world. His discoveries bring this new technology to the general public.

This piece is from the History Shapes Archive, a collection of over 60 single-panel gag cartoons going all the way back to 2018. Republished in full throughout 2023 only on historyshapes.com.
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