See how people got photographed in front of the pyramids in 1899

This picture in front of the pyramids shows just how advanced photography was in 1899.

Despite appearances, this man wasn’t actually in Egypt. It’s the 1899 equivalent of the green screen—the old school background. Familiar to anyone who took a yearbook picture, these backgrounds were the easiest way to travel abroad. This picture is particularly rare because it shows where the background breaks away into the reality of the photo studio.

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