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

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of an unidentified private presenting two fingers of tobacco and preparing to indulge in a chew]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of an unidentified private presenting two fingers of tobacco and preparing to indulge in a chew]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860, [ambrotype of a California gold mining town]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [ambrotype of a California gold mining town]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1890-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera bag]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera bag]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gaily posed couple]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1860, [carte de visite of a gentleman with a speech bubble that reads: “Man uneducated is a rather intelligent wild beast with an immortal soul;” under the image, “Mr Craig, F.E.J.S. in the Logic Classroom”]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ordinary Light

ca. 1860, [carte de visite of a gentleman with a speech bubble that reads: “Man uneducated is a rather intelligent wild beast with an immortal soul;” under the image, “Mr Craig, F.E.J.S. in the Logic Classroom”]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ordinary Light

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]
via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]

via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young lady wearing spectacles]
via Harvard College Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young lady wearing spectacles]

via Harvard College Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1850-60’s, [ambrotype portrait of a smirking gentleman with his dog, wearing a hat and chewing on a glove]
via Ebay

ca. 1850-60’s, [ambrotype portrait of a smirking gentleman with his dog, wearing a hat and chewing on a glove]

via Ebay

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