Daguerreotype of the Barricade in the Rue Saint Maur-Popincourt on June 26, 1848 (via Musée d’Orsay)
In 1848, the first photograph to be used to illustrate a news story was made. This photograph of the 1848 revolution in Paris, a four-day insurrection in June that left thousands dead in the streets of Paris, was published in the Journées illustrées de la révolution de 1848 and is now in the Musée d’Orsay. Even in the distortion you can make out the barricade on the narrow street.
We believe the first photo to illustrate an Antigonish news story in the Casket is the 1919 photo of Morrison Boy’s School, to illustrate the Closing Exercises. http://www.imagineantigonish.ca/morrison-boys-school-1919/