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

ca. 1872, [Corner of Milk and Federal Streets after the Great Fire of 1872 in Boston]
via the Boston Public Library on Flickr

ca. 1872, [Corner of Milk and Federal Streets after the Great Fire of 1872 in Boston]

via the Boston Public Library on Flickr

ca. 1896, [gentleman in exotic lady’s costume], Richard von Krafft-Ebing
via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts

ca. 1896, [gentleman in exotic lady’s costume], Richard von Krafft-Ebing

via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts

ca. 1880-90’s, [gentleman with his Star safety highwheeler]

 “George Pressey invented the Star  Safety in 1880. In an attempt to make a safer bicycle he altered the  ordinary’s configuration so that the small wheel was now in the front  handling the steering, while the rider sat above the rear drive wheel.  This helped to combat the tendency of the ordinary to pitch the rider  forward when encountering an obstacle.” -Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

via Copake Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [gentleman with his Star safety highwheeler]

“George Pressey invented the Star Safety in 1880. In an attempt to make a safer bicycle he altered the ordinary’s configuration so that the small wheel was now in the front handling the steering, while the rider sat above the rear drive wheel. This helped to combat the tendency of the ordinary to pitch the rider forward when encountering an obstacle.” -Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

via Copake Auctions

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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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