ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of of either a young photographer, pharmacist, or chemist with a scale, various bottles and chemicals. Another person in the foreground is turned away from the camera, admiring photos displayed in the case]
via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographica, Tintype Collection

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of of either a young photographer, pharmacist, or chemist with a scale, various bottles and chemicals. Another person in the foreground is turned away from the camera, admiring photos displayed in the case]

via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographica, Tintype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a student fifer, identified as Henry W. Titus of Franklin, Connecticut]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a student fifer, identified as Henry W. Titus of Franklin, Connecticut]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mother and daughter]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mother and daughter]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870’s [carte de visite portrait of a boy proudly standing with his high wheeled bicycle], Robert W. Thrupp
via the Museum of the History of Science

ca. 1870’s [carte de visite portrait of a boy proudly standing with his high wheeled bicycle], Robert W. Thrupp

via the Museum of the History of Science

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of Tom Coughlan sitting within a studio prop window], Charles Lake Cramer
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of Tom Coughlan sitting within a studio prop window], Charles Lake Cramer

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

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman milking his Guernsey cow]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman milking his Guernsey cow]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1868-70, [tintype portrait of a demure cowboy wearing a hat, knife, revolver and  boots with spurs]
via the Southern Methodist Central University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1868-70, [tintype portrait of a demure cowboy wearing a hat, knife, revolver and boots with spurs]

via the Southern Methodist Central University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

Anonymous asked: what do you look like?

since i was old enough to furrow my brow and not read social cues my face gives the impression of perpetual crisis.

Anonymous asked: who are you? did you live in the 19th century at all? what was your occupation back then, blacksmith i'm guessing? or perhaps a horserider for the post office or a bartender? i'm a graphic designer and i'm currently starting a "ghost series" of original photos with photos of historical 19th century people added to them to create the illusion of ghosts. so finding your blog today was perfect timing. cheers!

speaking purely from a statistics while indulging in a bit of counterfactual history, i spent the gilded age penniless, afraid of cities, of the future, of disease.

strangely, it stings with a distinct familiarity…

god speed on your endeavors, sir.

ca. 1865, [tintype portrait of a lady holding a tintype of a gentleman]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [tintype portrait of a lady holding a tintype of a gentleman]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a mirthless child on rocking horse], Albert Bisbee
via the Smithsonian Institute, Smithsonian American Art Museum

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a mirthless child on rocking horse], Albert Bisbee

via the Smithsonian Institute, Smithsonian American Art Museum

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Henrietta “Lilla” Kenney handpainting photographs], 
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Henrietta “Lilla” Kenney handpainting photographs],

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman posed with his Star safety bicycle]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman posed with his Star safety bicycle]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of a casually posed gentleman, escaped from slavery. Inscription on verso reads “Lewis, who came from the south with Langhorn 1863”],  D. Hinkle
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of a casually posed gentleman, escaped from slavery. Inscription on verso reads “Lewis, who came from the south with Langhorn 1863”], D. Hinkle

via Cowan’s Auctions

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

"Until the handkerchief of history covers us with its Times New Roman black and white post script..."

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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