A daguerreotype of the ruins of the city’s commercial district, looking south toward the steeple of the St. Louis (Old) Cathedral, after a fire in 1849. Thomas Easterly, a portrait maker in St. Louis, made the image using an early form of photography known as the daguerreotype. The method required a time exposure. (Missouri History Museum)

A daguerreotype of the ruins of the city’s commercial district, looking south toward the steeple of the St. Louis (Old) Cathedral, after a fire in 1849. Thomas Easterly, a portrait maker in St. Louis, made the image using an early form of photography known as the daguerreotype. The method required a time exposure. (Missouri History Museum)

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