ca. 1886,  “The Nation Mourns”, [Brass Memorial Plaque for Ulysses S. Grant]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1886, “The Nation Mourns”, [Brass Memorial Plaque for Ulysses S. Grant]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1876, “Colossal hand and torch ‘Liberty’”, [The torch and part of the arm of the Statue of Liberty, on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia], Centennial Photographic Co.
Today in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Originally titled “Liberty Enlightening the World” by it’s sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French imagined completing their gift to America by the U.S. centennial in 1876 in  recognition of France’s assistance during the American Revolution. Above, only the torch and forearm are on display at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, as Bartholdi did not actually complete the sculpture until 1884.
via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Card Collection

ca. 1876, “Colossal hand and torch ‘Liberty’”, [The torch and part of the arm of the Statue of Liberty, on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia], Centennial Photographic Co.

Today in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Originally titled “Liberty Enlightening the World” by it’s sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French imagined completing their gift to America by the U.S. centennial in 1876 in recognition of France’s assistance during the American Revolution. Above, only the torch and forearm are on display at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, as Bartholdi did not actually complete the sculpture until 1884.

via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Card Collection

ca. 1888, [Man Inside Glass Bottle], John C. Higgins
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1888, [Man Inside Glass Bottle], John C. Higgins

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1861-65, [Unidentified soldier in uniform with arm in sling] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection

ca. 1861-65, [Unidentified soldier in uniform with arm in sling]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Girl with Hydrocephalus]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Girl with Hydrocephalus]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1898, “Wm. Gillette’s Held by the Enemy”, The Strobridge Lith Co, Cin’ti & New York
via the Library of Congress, Performing Arts Posters Collection

ca. 1898, “Wm. Gillette’s Held by the Enemy”, The Strobridge Lith Co, Cin’ti & New York

via the Library of Congress, Performing Arts Posters Collection

ca. 1895, [staged portrait of two gentlemen with guns]
via Remains to Be Seen

ca. 1895, [staged portrait of two gentlemen with guns]

via Remains to Be Seen

ca. 1860, [The first portrait taken of Abraham Lincoln after he had received the  nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in  Chicago], William Marsh
Abrahan Lincoln was one of the most strategic political nominees. He recognized the importance and benefit of the photograph as well as the newspapers  in securing his public image and nomination. Therefore, Mr. Lincoln sat for over 100 photographs during his lifetime, more than any other president or presidential nominee up to that time.
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1860, [The first portrait taken of Abraham Lincoln after he had received the nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago], William Marsh

Abrahan Lincoln was one of the most strategic political nominees. He recognized the importance and benefit of the photograph as well as the newspapers  in securing his public image and nomination. Therefore, Mr. Lincoln sat for over 100 photographs during his lifetime, more than any other president or presidential nominee up to that time.

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Boy with Gun]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Boy with Gun]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1885, [Portrait of two gentlemen on crutches]
via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1885, [Portrait of two gentlemen on crutches]

via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1870-80, [Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant], Matthew Brady
via the Library of Congress, Brady-Handy Photograph Collection

ca. 1870-80, [Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant], Matthew Brady

via the Library of Congress, Brady-Handy Photograph Collection

ca. 1870, [Anonymous Hand Reaching Toward Unidentified Woman and Man Holding Bottle]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [Anonymous Hand Reaching Toward Unidentified Woman and Man Holding Bottle]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Two Unidentified Men with Owl]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Two Unidentified Men with Owl]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [post-mortem portrait of a woman]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [post-mortem portrait of a woman]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Girl in Wheelchair with Cloaked Attendant]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1865, [Unidentified Girl in Wheelchair with Cloaked Attendant]

via the International Center of Photography

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