Did You Know Anastasia Was The First Teen To Share A Selfie

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A self-portrait photo, usually taken with a cell phone held at arm's length, for the purpose of sharing on social media.

You may think selfies are a new thing. They really aren't.


According to Wikipedia:

Robert Cornelius took a picture of himself in 1839.

 It is the oldest known existing photographic portrait in America.

You could say it was the first selfie.


Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II

(the famous Anastasia of the Russian royal family that was murdered in 1918),

 took a photo of herself, using a mirror, and shared it with a friend via mail.

Anastasia was the first teen to share a selfie!


Although selfies existed long before, it was in 2012 that the term really became mainstream, with Time magazine naming it one of the "top 10 buzzwords" of that year.


I'm not really comfortable taking selfies, but I have taken them...usually with another person included. My favorite one so far is one I took while riding on the back of our Harley.

My husband and I were riding along the coast, one of our favorite scenic rides, and I saw the perfect opportunity for a unique selfie shot.


The sun was at our left and the landscape to our right was a sandy, rocky hill.

Our shadow was cast perfectly on it.

I pulled out my cell phone and captured our shadows riding along side us.

It's one of my favorite photos of us. A moment frozen in time.


Written for:  ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest

Category:  Real Life, Best Selfie


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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sharon Tara - I love the trivia! I guess selfies go as far back as the instruments (cameras) that capture them!  - Great shot on the motorcycle!

Nov 28, 2016 06:57 AM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Sharon, who knew?? I love the picture taken by you.

Nov 28, 2016 07:14 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Shara Tara,  Now we know how it all came about.  Thanks for sharing and make it a great week.


Nov 28, 2016 07:30 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Raymond E. Camp  I love taking shadow pics.  I find it very creative and I'm always looking for a new way to do it.

Rebecca Lewis  Not surprised, based on your profile pic. LOL

We actually don't have a bike anymore. After a tragic, senseless motorcycle death in the family I lost my nerve.  The biker involved did nothing wrong....hit by a drunk driver. It just wasn't the same for me after that. I have wonderful, happy memories of our rides....and for now that's enough for me.

Nov 28, 2016 07:54 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I found it very interesting, especially reading about Anastasia. I was surprised to find her connected to selfies

Beth Atalay  Well I didn't know, so I figured others wouldn't know either. Thank you!

Will Hamm  Always fun to learn a little history!



Nov 28, 2016 07:56 AM #7
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Nice shadow of your husband and you.  I don't take selfies myself, but do see others enjoying it often. I had no clue about Anastasia. Thanks for teaching me something today!

Nov 28, 2016 08:14 AM #8
Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

What a great shot, Sharon! It captures the freedom of your ride, wind in your hair and all!

Nov 28, 2016 08:17 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- I also like the history you have shared with us and your shadow selfie is perfect -- is it framed in Casa Tara?   

Nov 28, 2016 09:03 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Sharon that is interesting! Who knew the first selfie was way back in the 1800's! Very cool 'selfie' on your motorcycle!

Nov 28, 2016 09:14 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your interpretation of a selfie, and thought you would like to know that my grandfather met Anastasia, as well as the rest of the family. He was stationed in St.Petersburg at the court.  Tsar Nicholas  saw him in the hallway and addressed him as "colonel", although he was a captain.  That afternoon, he was given the "colonel rank" designation, so that the Tsar would not be wrong. What a way to rise in rank!  A

Nov 28, 2016 10:38 AM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lynnea Miller  Thank you. I had no idea either. We both learned something today!

Lottie Kendall  Thank you! 

Michael Jacobs  No, it's not framed at home, but until recently it was my banner pic on facebook.

Anna Banana Kruchten  I had no idea until this morning! 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Your story gave me goosebumps! That is really a great piece of history! 

Nov 28, 2016 12:33 PM #13
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Sharon - That's a lovely and special selfie, and a great history lesson. Thanks for another contest entry!

Nov 28, 2016 01:31 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Dick Greenberg  Thank you. I've got three more entries coming!

Nov 28, 2016 01:49 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

Nov 28, 2016 04:22 PM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Roy Kelley  Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2016 06:53 AM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Sharon - the idea of selfies have really taken over.   You can now buy extnesion holders for you iPhone to take selfies.

Nov 29, 2016 08:21 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Grant Schneider  I've never really gotten very good at taking them....I'm a work in progress!

Nov 29, 2016 10:42 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- are your fingers getting tired??   Wow. loved the selfie history!!! and of course of you and Rick!

Nov 29, 2016 05:32 PM #20
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ya know what's so great is that it's artsy, it's both of you, it's a fantastic moment shared in your lives. and I think that is the real reason for selfies. I loved your history lesson on it, too. For some reason, the Anastasia selfie seemed familiar to me...the storyline. I don't know why. Cool, tho!!! And look at that very FIRST selfie! I mean, C'mon, ISN'T HE SEXY?

Nov 29, 2016 06:44 PM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  LOL!  You know I don't post this often....I'll need a rest after this is over!

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  I love your enthusiastic comments! Sexy? I do love the wild hair!

Nov 30, 2016 07:07 AM #22
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