Cumbrian chemist's 1840 Niagara photo on display





One of the oldest pictures of Niagara Falls, shot by a Cumbrian chemist, has gone on display.

The image was taken by Hugh Pattinson of Alston in 1840 and had, until recently, been sitting on a shelf at Newcastle University since 1926.

It would have taken Mr Pattinson 20 minutes to take the picture using the newly-invented daguerreotype camera.

The university has now loaned the image to the Niagara Parks Commission in Canada, to mark its 125th anniversary....



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