ca. 1885, [“Victorian heads afloat”]
[Nineteenth century photograph of two gentlemen]
via Airform Archives
ca. 1853, “Seth Eastman on Dighton Rock”
The illustrator Seth Eastman is pictured on Dighton Rock, a well-known landmark outside of Taunton, Massachusetts. The rock had one face covered with indecipherable markings. Although no one was certain of the origin or meaning of these markings, the Dictionary of American History states that the markings inspired “more weird speculation than any other subject of antiquity in America.”
ca. 1868, [Practical Anatomy lecture admission card, University of Pennsylvania]
[Nineteenth or early twentieth century carte de visite]
ca. 1870’s, [British or Canadian officers posing with a stuffed heron]
via the Janus Museum
ca. 1862, [Confederate Dead of the 2nd Texas Infantry, outside Battery Robinette, Corinth, Mississippi]
The body of Col. William Rodgers, 2d Texas Inf. is in the foreground. In the assault on Battery Robinette, Col. Rogers seized the regimental colors, jumped a five foot ditch, leaving his dying horse behind, and assaulted the ramparts of the Battery. When killed by canister shot, he was the fifth 2nd Texas Color bearer to fall that day.
ca. 1850-60, [portrait of a woman], Mats Landin
ca. 1891, [portrait of a sassy boy in front of a cobweb backdrop], R.P. Bellsmith
via my personal collection
ca. 1856-60, [Edward J. Roye, Senator from Montserrado Co., Liberia]
The American Colonization Society was organized in 1817 to settle black Americans in Liberia, and from 1821 on, thousands made the move. In 1847, Liberia declared itself an independent state when they founded the Republic of Liberia.
ca. 1855, [Portrait of Daniel Gilbert and Betson Gordon]
ca. 1858-60, [Unidentified man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, seated in chair], Ball & Thomas
"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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