Vintage Photo Reveals Who Invented The Original Selfie Stick

Published May 24, 2016
Updated January 18, 2018
Original Selfie Stick


In this romantic portrait from 1934, a creative couple uses a tree branch to rig up what just might be the original selfie stick.

While the devices are ubiquitous today, it seems that this Swedish couple — Helmer Larsson and his wife, Naemi — may have invented the very first one.

The modern selfie stick was released in 2014, and it hasn’t always produced rosy outcomes à la the Larssons: Since 2014, 49 people have died while snapping pictures of themselves.

Next, find out more about those selfie deaths. Then, check out what could be the world’s first selfie.

Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman is a writer living in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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