Behold the first photograph ever captured in the Great White North.

Taken in 1840 (yes, technically before Canada was actually a country, but stop being so persnickety), the picture of Niagara Falls was discovered in 1997 at Newcastle University in England, where it had been sitting forgotten in the Special Collections of the school's library. Taken by British businessman Hugh Lee Pattinson on a trip to Canada, it was given to the school by his family.

The image is a daguerreotype, an early form of photograph that required a long exposure time. The picture took around 10 minutes to capture, leading many to suggest the figure in the bottom left corner is Pattinson himself.

The photo went viral on Reddit this week, racking up tens of thousands of views. Clever Redditors even took the time to enhance the image and flip it. The original was inverted as part of the daguerreotype process.

In a word: awesome.

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  • <strong>1. This boy clutching a stuffed toy in 1945 London.</strong> Original Photograph by Toni Frissell. Colorized by <a href="http://valdigtmycketfarg.wordpress.com/" target="_hplink">Andreas Larsson</a>.

  • <strong>2. Albert Einstein enjoying a Long Island summer in 1939.</strong> Colorized by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photoretrofit?fref=ts" target="_hplink">Paul Edwards</a>

  • <strong>3. This young boy in Baltimore in 1938.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://dynamichrome.com/" target="_hplink">Jordan J Lloyd</a>

  • <strong>4. This stunning snapshot of Audrey Hepburn.</strong> Colorized by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HistoryInColor" target="_hplink">Dana Keller</a>

  • <strong>5. This unemployed lumber worker in 1939.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://zuzahgaming.minus.com/" target="_hplink">Mads Madsen</a>

  • <strong>6. These Japanese archers circa 1860.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://dynamichrome.com/" target="_hplink">Jordan J Lloyd</a>

  • <strong>7. The tragic Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.</strong> Colorized by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HistoryInColor" target="_hplink">Dana Keller</a>

  • <strong>8. These British troops on the first stage of their trip to the front lines in England, 1939.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/BenAfleckIsAnOkActor" target="_hplink">BenAfleckIsAnOkActor</a>

  • <strong>9. This startling picture of Joseph Goebbels allegedly frowning at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://zuzahgaming.minus.com/" target="_hplink">Mads Madsen</a>

  • <strong>10. This 'Old Gold' store in 1939.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://dynamichrome.com/" target="_hplink">Jordan J Lloyd</a>

  • <strong>11. This portrait of Walt Whitman in 1887.</strong> Colorized by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HistoryInColor" target="_hplink">Dana Keller</a>

  • <strong>12. This car crash in Washington D.C. in 1921.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://forrifarg.se/?lang=en" target="_hplink">Sanna Dullaway</a>

  • <strong>13. Mark Twain lounging circa 1900.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://zuzahgaming.minus.com/" target="_hplink">Mads Madsen</a>

  • <strong>14. Charlie Chaplin in 1916, at the beautiful age of 27.</strong> Colorized by <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/BenAfleckIsAnOkActor" target="_hplink">BenAfleckIsAnOkActor</a>

  • <strong>15. Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.</strong> Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo. Colorized by <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/malakon" target="_hplink">malakon</a>.