Did people have cameras in the 19th-century?

Yes they did. The camera was invented in 1830. The first war that was done in photos was the civil war and the pictures taken changed people's views of war ( just like it did when it was on TV in the Viet Nam war). The first cameras were very simple. A glass plate was coated with chemicals placed in the camera and then exposed to light. Pictures were made from the glass plate. You can still find some of these in antique stores, but they are rare. After the civil war many of the glass plates were recycled and the glass was used for windows and things like greenhouses. People were posed, at first, in photos like what was seen in paintings. That is why they look so stiff and don't smile. In fact, they had a metal frame they used that held the head straight and the back in place. I think it probably hurt. The ability to see the world in photos changed our views of the world and photos were done in every subject. One popular photo that was in people's houses was of the people in their family that had died. Yes, they were death bed photos and they sat out on tables. This was not seen as something bad. To us this is strange, but for the people of the time it was very common. Just like wearing a bit of a person's hair in a locket or a ring was done as well.
Yes they did. The camera was invented in 1830. The first war that was done in photos was the civil war and the pictures taken changed people's views of war ( just like it did when it was on TV in the Viet Nam war). The first cameras were very simple. A glass plate was coated with chemicals placed in the camera and then exposed to light. Pictures were made from the glass plate. You can still find some of these in antique stores, but they are rare. After the civil war many of the glass plates were recycled and the glass was used for windows and things like greenhouses. People were posed, at first, in photos like what was seen in paintings. That is why they look so stiff and don't smile. In fact, they had a metal frame they used that held the head straight and the back in place. I think it probably hurt. The ability to see the world in photos changed our views of the world and photos were done in every subject. One popular photo that was in people's houses was of the people in their family that had died. Yes, they were death bed photos and they sat out on tables. This was not seen as something bad. To us this is strange, but for the people of the time it was very common. Just like wearing a bit of a person's hair in a locket or a ring was done as well.