ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card portrait of sharpshooter Adam Bogardus displaying a chest full of medals]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card portrait of sharpshooter Adam Bogardus displaying a chest full of medals]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of sideshow performer “Barney Baldwin—Broken Neck Wonder—The only living man in the history of the world with a broken neck”]
via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of sideshow performer “Barney Baldwin—Broken Neck Wonder—The only living man in the history of the world with a broken neck”]

via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portraits of a gentleman; in one he is mending his jacket with a needle and thread, the other, smoking a cigar.]
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portraits of a gentleman; in one he is mending his jacket with a needle and thread, the other, smoking a cigar.]

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1861, [gilded, hand colored tintype portrait of two boys “playing war”, dressed in uniforms and standing in front of a amateurish, painted backdrop]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1861, [gilded, hand colored tintype portrait of two boys “playing war”, dressed in uniforms and standing in front of a amateurish, painted backdrop]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a bearded gentleman with an uneasy grin]
via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a bearded gentleman with an uneasy grin]

via Ebay

ca. 1882, [ambrotype portrait, housed in a kiri-wood case, of a Japanese gentleman, identified on verso as “Kobayashi Shozaemon, 25 years old” wearing a yukata, coat, hat and geta]
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1882, [ambrotype portrait, housed in a kiri-wood case, of a Japanese gentleman, identified on verso as “Kobayashi Shozaemon, 25 years old” wearing a yukata, coat, hat and geta]

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1850’s, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two young girls in plaid dresses]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two young girls in plaid dresses]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]
via Ordinary Light

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]

via Ordinary Light

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of two hunters], W.O. Journeay
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photographs, Cabinet Card Collection

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of two hunters], W.O. Journeay

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photographs, Cabinet Card Collection

Anything you folks would enjoy seeing more of on Historical Indulgences in 2013?

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man with a shotgun and a dog at his feet], Sanders & Stinson
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man with a shotgun and a dog at his feet], Sanders & Stinson

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of three soldiers; one brandishing a knife and pistol, another a very serious demeanor, and the other a complacent grin and tinted cheeks]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of three soldiers; one brandishing a knife and pistol, another a very serious demeanor, and the other a complacent grin and tinted cheeks]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, portrait of two female friends perusing a copy of the Rev. Irl R. Hicks Almanac], Maetzgold
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, portrait of two female friends perusing a copy of the Rev. Irl R. Hicks Almanac], Maetzgold

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Ebay

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