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

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two women posed with a camera box]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two women posed with a camera box]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1858, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young boy surrounded by flowers]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1858, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young boy surrounded by flowers]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite, “E pluribus unum branch. Fifty pears on a branch eight inches long, weighing nineteen lbs. Raised in Bruggs’ Orchard, Marysville, Cal”], Amasa Park Johnston
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite, “E pluribus unum branch. Fifty pears on a branch eight inches long, weighing nineteen lbs. Raised in Bruggs’ Orchard, Marysville, Cal”], Amasa Park Johnston

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

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers painted on plate in wreath motif over his head]
via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers painted on plate in wreath motif over his head]

via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of two women reading a map against a tree, with an unusual tandem tricycle parked nearby]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of two women reading a map against a tree, with an unusual tandem tricycle parked nearby]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a Union infantryman with regulation uniform]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a Union infantryman with regulation uniform]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [tintype occupational portrait of two butchers wielding knives]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [tintype occupational portrait of two butchers wielding knives]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of Gilbert Dalziel], W.C. Honey
via the National Portrait Gallery in London

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of Gilbert Dalziel], W.C. Honey

via the National Portrait Gallery in London

ca. 1882, [carte de visite portrait of “Illavaro the Egyptian”, at age 19], Charles Eisenmann
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1882, [carte de visite portrait of “Illavaro the Egyptian”, at age 19], Charles Eisenmann

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a bright-eyed woman playing her fiddle]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a bright-eyed woman playing her fiddle]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850-60, [portrait of a lady with a spirit and daisies]
via A Diamond Fell From the Sky, Flickr

ca. 1850-60, [portrait of a lady with a spirit and daisies]

via A Diamond Fell From the Sky, Flickr

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