There are certain figures that every school child has heard of but few have ever seen. The earliest presidents of the United States, the most daring abolitionists, even semi-mythical figures like Johnny Appleseed (real name John Chapman), can easily become nothing more than names on a page. Seeing them in the flesh can be oddly affecting - not only to the young but also to adults.
The thing is, photography has existed in one form or another since the late 1820s. It's strange to think that humans have a photographic record that stretches back nearly two centuries - to a time before electric lights, women's suffrage, or modern industry. You may be surprised which historic figures had their photos taken, and this list aims to highlight the oldest and most famous of them all. Vote up the ones that give you a new perspective on history.