The Selfie, a decade before the Selfie

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.27.44 PMThe world is obsessed with “The Selfie”. So many people have smartphones, and a desire to share themselves, that wherever you look you see a picture of someone taking their own picture, either alone or with a group.

But here at the-vu, this started about ten years ago, thanks to a regular contributor, since deceased, by the name of Louis the Scooterer.

Beginning in 2004, Luis would send an article along with a selfie taken at arm’s length with a compact digital camera.  There were so many that at one point they were assembled in to what I called his “refrigerator door”,  seen at this link.

We lost Louis on July 26th 2009, but people are still reading, or revisiting, his interesting travelogs. And now that the selfie is ubiquitous, we have to remind ourselves that at the time, they were fairly unusual.

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