We spotted this photo from our collection in the opening credits of the TV show Selfie.
The image of Sada Roffe posing with a Kodak camera was taken in Tallahassee, Florida, ca. 1900 by photographer Alvan S. Harper. A professional photographer, Harper lived and worked in Tallahassee from 1884 until his death in 1911.
Selfie was cancelled, but don’t feel bad for Alvan Harper. His photographs have appeared in many publications over the years and helped to define how Americans view our past.
This group of local actors in a park Tallahassee, Florida was featured in the first book of the Time-Life series, This Fabulous Century. Notice the levitating hat?
Although largely unidentified today, Harper’s photographs of the teachers, business owners and leaders of Tallahassee’s vibrant African-American community are important records of this era.
Harper’s photographs also captured the trendy new Penny-Farthing bicycles.
Check out the rest of the Alvan S. Harper Collection on Florida Memory!