[Late 19th or early 20th century tintype of a shirtless gentleman boxer?]
via Anonymous Works from Ebay

[Late 19th or early 20th century tintype of a shirtless gentleman boxer?]

via Anonymous Works from Ebay

ca. 1865, “No. 333, Distortion of Left Lower Extremity After Gunshot Injury”
via the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections

ca. 1865, “No. 333, Distortion of Left Lower Extremity After Gunshot Injury”

via the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections

ca. 1900, “Before Marriage”, “After Marriage”, The Whiting View Co.
via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Cards Collection

ca. 1900, “Before Marriage”, “After Marriage”, The Whiting View Co.

via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Cards Collection

ca. 1861, “In defense of the Union and the Constitution”, P.S. Duval & Son
via the Library of Congress, Popular Graphic Arts Collection

ca. 1861, “In defense of the Union and the Constitution”, P.S. Duval & Son

via the Library of Congress, Popular Graphic Arts Collection

ca. 1891, “Komodo Dragon and Keeper, Roy Jennier, at the National Zoo”, Thomas Smillie
via the Smithsonian Photographic Initiative, National Zoo Collection

ca. 1891, “Komodo Dragon and Keeper, Roy Jennier, at the National Zoo”, Thomas Smillie

via the Smithsonian Photographic Initiative, National Zoo Collection

ca. 1840-80, “Quack Doctor, Bleeder”

"I do not like you, Doctor Fell," 
Is an old line, as you’ve heard  tell, 
And sharply, still, the case it touches  
Of the foul quack, who  says as much as, 
"This is my game, let no one block it,  
Blood from  arm— and from the pocket!”

via the Library Company of Philadelphia, McAllister Collection

ca. 1840-80, “Quack Doctor, Bleeder”

"I do not like you, Doctor Fell,"

Is an old line, as you’ve heard tell,

And sharply, still, the case it touches 

Of the foul quack, who says as much as,

"This is my game, let no one block it, 

Blood from arm— and from the pocket!”

via the Library Company of Philadelphia, McAllister Collection

ca. 1840-50’s, [occupational portrait]
via the Daguerreian Society, Mark Koenigsberg collection

ca. 1840-50’s, [occupational portrait]

via the Daguerreian Society, Mark Koenigsberg collection

ca. 1845, [Andrew Jackson at 78 years old, a few months before his death], Edward Anthony 
Andrew Jackson became the first president to be photographed after rising from his sick bed for the opportunity. Later, Mathew Brady included a copy of Anthony’s daguerreotype in his own gallery in New York.
via Iconic Photos Wordpress

ca. 1845, [Andrew Jackson at 78 years old, a few months before his death], Edward Anthony

Andrew Jackson became the first president to be photographed after rising from his sick bed for the opportunity. Later, Mathew Brady included a copy of Anthony’s daguerreotype in his own gallery in New York.

via Iconic Photos Wordpress

ca. 1840-80, “Saucy Wench”

Your knowing wink and brazen stare, 
Are just the signs that do  declare,
(Howe’er you think conceal’d by art,) 
An empty head and  callous heart.

via the Library Company of Philadelphia, Comic Valentine’s Collection

ca. 1840-80, “Saucy Wench”

Your knowing wink and brazen stare,

Are just the signs that do declare,

(Howe’er you think conceal’d by art,)

An empty head and callous heart.

via the Library Company of Philadelphia, Comic Valentine’s Collection

ca. 1840’s, [two men brawling?]
via the Daguerreian Society, Mark Koenigsberg collection

ca. 1840’s, [two men brawling?]

via the Daguerreian Society, Mark Koenigsberg collection

ca. 1876, “Dreaming Holanthe: ‘A Study in Butter’ by Caroline  S. Brooks” 

…created for the First Official World fair held in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876…[it traveled] over 2000 miles from  Helena, Arkansas to be displayed during the United States Centennial.  Original Sculpture was made of 9 pounds of butter in a 15 inch in  diameter milk pan, on a kitchen table using only a butter paddle,cedar  sticks,broom straw, a camel’s hair pencil and required no model.

via Old Coffin Nail

ca. 1876, “Dreaming Holanthe: ‘A Study in Butter’ by Caroline S. Brooks”

…created for the First Official World fair held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876…[it traveled] over 2000 miles from Helena, Arkansas to be displayed during the United States Centennial. Original Sculpture was made of 9 pounds of butter in a 15 inch in diameter milk pan, on a kitchen table using only a butter paddle,cedar sticks,broom straw, a camel’s hair pencil and required no model.

via Old Coffin Nail

ca. 1847, [Dentist and Female Patient]

This  daguerreotype is highly unusual for its era, in that the patient is  female. Most likely she is the dentist’s or photographer’s wife. By  including a woman, calmly sitting in the dental chair, the dentist  conveys a mannered, non-frightening image of ‘painless dentistry.’ 

via the Burns Archive

ca. 1847, [Dentist and Female Patient]

This daguerreotype is highly unusual for its era, in that the patient is female. Most likely she is the dentist’s or photographer’s wife. By including a woman, calmly sitting in the dental chair, the dentist conveys a mannered, non-frightening image of ‘painless dentistry.’

via the Burns Archive

ca. 1880’s, [tintype of a musical performer]
via Airform Archives

ca. 1880’s, [tintype of a musical performer]

via Airform Archives

ca. 1845, “The Branded Hand of Captain Jonathan Walker”,  Southworth and Hawes 
The inscription on the back of the case reads:

This Daguerreotype was taken by Southworth Aug. 1845 it is a copy of  Captain Jonathan Walker’s hand as branded by the U.S. Marshall of the  Dist. of Florida for having helped 7 men to obtain ‘Life Liberty, and  Happiness.’…

The brand is “S.S.” for “Slave Stealer”. This photo inspired the famous engraving "The Branded Hand".
via the Daguerreian Society, from the Massachusetts Historical Society

ca. 1845, “The Branded Hand of Captain Jonathan Walker”, Southworth and Hawes

The inscription on the back of the case reads:

This Daguerreotype was taken by Southworth Aug. 1845 it is a copy of Captain Jonathan Walker’s hand as branded by the U.S. Marshall of the Dist. of Florida for having helped 7 men to obtain ‘Life Liberty, and Happiness.’…

The brand is “S.S.” for “Slave Stealer”. This photo inspired the famous engraving "The Branded Hand".

via the Daguerreian Society, from the Massachusetts Historical Society

ca. 1860, [Barnum’s circus “fat lady” Phebe Dunn at 17 years old, 407lbs]
via Gormer’s photostream on Flickr

ca. 1860, [Barnum’s circus “fat lady” Phebe Dunn at 17 years old, 407lbs]

via Gormer’s photostream on Flickr

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