Did Colin Powell Take One Of The First Selfies?

Today’s self-obsessed culture, aided by technological expediency and the prevalence of social media outlets, has birthed a phenomenon known as the “selfie.”

Individuals routinely take photographs of themselves and upload them to their favorite content-sharing websites in the apparent pursuit of approving comments from people they might or might not actually know in real life.

This trend reached a recent crescendo during the 2014 Academy Awards when host Ellen DeGeneres captured a picture of herself, flanked by a bevy of Hollywood stars, and started a sharing frenzy on Twitter unmatched by any other post made on the site. The image was forwarded more than 3 million times by Twitter users since it debuted March 2.


Retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, however, made it clear that he was ahead of the curve with a post he shared on his public Facebook page Thursday.

“I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks,” he wrote. Sharing a black-and-white image of himself standing in front of a mirror, he concluded: “Eat your heart out Ellen!”

In a matter of hours, more than 17,000 people shared the image of a young Powell. The dapper man who would become one of the nation’s premiere statesmen gives a literal snapshot of the era with the popular post.

Of course, the idea of self-portraits has existed for centuries. Powell, however, provides a unique glimpse not only into his own past but the history of a phenomenon that was a decidedly more novel concept six decades ago.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Photo Credit: Colin Powell/Facebook

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