ca. 1880’s, “Tammy Kemble” 
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880’s, “Tammy Kemble”

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1889, [High wheel bicycle club]
via Copake Auction Inc.

ca. 1889, [High wheel bicycle club]

via Copake Auction Inc.

ca. 1890-1900, “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”, W.C. Bell
via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890-1900, “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”, W.C. Bell

via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890, [couple in bed]
via the Retro Porn Archives

ca. 1890, [couple in bed]

via the Retro Porn Archives

ca. 1885, [portrait of a woman in a celestial dress]
via KingKongPhoto’s photostream on Flickr

ca. 1885, [portrait of a woman in a celestial dress]

via KingKongPhoto’s photostream on Flickr

ca. 1898-1909, [Two gentlemen with a taxidermied stork], Frits Karner
via Svenderik’s Photostream on Flickr

ca. 1898-1909, [Two gentlemen with a taxidermied stork], Frits Karner

via Svenderik’s Photostream on Flickr

ca. 1860-70, [gentleman whittling a stick]
via Old Coffin Nail

ca. 1860-70, [gentleman whittling a stick]

via Old Coffin Nail

ca. 1861-65, [Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant]
via the Michigan State Archives, Civil War Photographs Collection

ca. 1861-65, [Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant]

via the Michigan State Archives, Civil War Photographs Collection

ca. 1898, “Arthur Radiguet making a radiograph (x-ray) of a recumbent man”
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collection

ca. 1898, “Arthur Radiguet making a radiograph (x-ray) of a recumbent man”

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collection

ca. 1861-65, “Hospital [amputation] Scene at Fortress Monroe, Va.”, George Stacy
via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Cards Collection

ca. 1861-65, “Hospital [amputation] Scene at Fortress Monroe, Va.”, George Stacy

via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Cards Collection

ca. 1860-75, [Post mortem, child with rattle], S.C. Landon
via Ron Coddington’s Photostream on Flickr

ca. 1860-75, [Post mortem, child with rattle], S.C. Landon

via Ron Coddington’s Photostream on Flickr

ca. 1880’s, [young prostitute]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880’s, [young prostitute]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1869, [Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire], Henry Clarke
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1869, [Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire], Henry Clarke

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1888-90, “The fire brands, Bodyke, Co.Clare”
via  National Library of Ireland, Eblana Collection on Flickr

ca. 1888-90, “The fire brands, Bodyke, Co.Clare”

via National Library of Ireland, Eblana Collection on Flickr

ca. 1900, [two ladies and a deer]
via the Retro Porn Archive

ca. 1900, [two ladies and a deer]

via the Retro Porn Archive

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This blog is a collection of vernacular photography and ephemera focused mainly within the curious and often misunderstood realm of 19th century America. I have a soft spot for all things silly, antiquated, macabre, and grotesque. The content is from a variety of collections; public, academic, and private. In addition, there's an occasional emphasis on Ulysses S Grant and the Civil War, as well.

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