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

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a small child with a shot gun and a dead rabbit], George W. Valleau
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 small child with a shot gun and a dead rabbit], George W. Valleau

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

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a miner dressed in plaid]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a miner dressed in plaid]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1870-90’s, [whimsical carte de visite portrait of a gentleman curiously peering through a doorway], E. Cazalis
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-90’s, [whimsical carte de visite portrait of a gentleman curiously peering through a doorway], E. Cazalis

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of what appears to be a doctor or homeopath handing a medicine bottle to a patient]
via Antique Scientifica, Alex Peck’s Medical Antique Archives

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of what appears to be a doctor or homeopath handing a medicine bottle to a patient]

via Antique Scientifica, Alex Peck’s Medical Antique Archives

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman standing at the base of a cut redwood in Calfornia], J. P. Wunderlich
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman standing at the base of a cut redwood in Calfornia], J. P. Wunderlich

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman in Freemason garb], Henry H. Halsey
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 gentleman in Freemason garb], Henry H. Halsey

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

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a lumberjack gentleman armed with a saw, hatchet, and mischievous, albeit subtle, grin]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Fine Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a lumberjack gentleman armed with a saw, hatchet, and mischievous, albeit subtle, grin]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Fine Photographics

ca. 1861-65, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a soldier in a kepi with letter and envelope]
via the Library of Congress, Civil War Collection

ca. 1861-65, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a soldier in a kepi with letter and envelope]

via the Library of Congress, Civil War Collection

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