ca. 1865, [Copy tintype portrait of George Armstrong Custer], Matthew Brady
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1865, [Copy tintype portrait of George Armstrong Custer], Matthew Brady

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman leaning dramatically across a table, with a woman sitting politely beside him]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman leaning dramatically across a table, with a woman sitting politely beside him]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1880-1900’s, [carte de visite portrait of a lady with her banjo], C.M. Gilbert
via Jeffery Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1880-1900’s, [carte de visite portrait of a lady with her banjo], C.M. Gilbert

via Jeffery Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a kitchen or cook apprentice waring an apron, chef’s hat, and holding a dead bird]
via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a kitchen or cook apprentice waring an apron, chef’s hat, and holding a dead bird]

via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

ca. 1849-58, [daguerreotype portrait of a stunning gentleman who appears to have a glass right eye], Josiah W. Thompson
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1849-58, [daguerreotype portrait of a stunning gentleman who appears to have a glass right eye], Josiah W. Thompson

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype, occupational portrait of a butcher]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype, occupational portrait of a butcher]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of “Little Molly Brown”, the only female bareback somersault rider in the world], Watkins’ Yosemite Art Gallery
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of “Little Molly Brown”, the only female bareback somersault rider in the world], Watkins’ Yosemite Art Gallery

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

ca. 1858, [daguerreotype portrait of a surveyor with equipment]
via the Daguerreian Society, William J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1858, [daguerreotype portrait of a surveyor with equipment]

via the Daguerreian Society, William J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1860’s, [occupational ambrotype portrait of three hat makers with their tools]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [occupational ambrotype portrait of three hat makers with their tools]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of an older woman with an open hand gesture]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1885, [cabinet card, portrait of a legless, female performer on a swing], Rich’s
via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1885, [cabinet card, portrait of a legless, female performer on a swing], Rich’s

via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of a disgruntled mailman in uniform carrying leather satchel and a huge backpack of newspapers, parcels, etc.]



via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of a disgruntled mailman in uniform carrying leather satchel and a huge backpack of newspapers, parcels, etc.]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-70’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a chemist carefully mixing chemicals]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-70’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a chemist carefully mixing chemicals]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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