1902: Autopoze Self-timer Was Patented
Self-timers allow a photographer to be included in the photograph by delaying the opening of the shutter (Vintagephoto 2001). Self-timer provides great convenience for the development of selfies because people can better control the time when one photo is taken. However, there are various disadvantages to using a self-timer. Aside from the necessity for support, it also necessitates that the image is constructed beforehand, so prohibiting spontaneous photography (Eckel, Ruchatz, and Wirth 2018).
Vintagephoto. 2001. “The Autopoze, an Early Accessory Self-Timer for Cameras.” Www.vintagephoto.tv. June 4, 2001. http://www.vintagephoto.tv/fariestimer.shtml.
Image Source: http://www.vintagephoto.tv/fariestimer.shtml