ca. 1850’s, [Gentleman in Hat, Vest, and Apron of the Masonic Order]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850’s, [Gentleman in Hat, Vest, and Apron of the Masonic Order]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1852, [portrait of a gentleman with an open mouth]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of the Getty Museum

ca. 1852, [portrait of a gentleman with an open mouth]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of the Getty Museum

ca. 1870-1910, [portrait of a young girl with rickets]
via the Wellcome Image Collections

ca. 1870-1910, [portrait of a young girl with rickets]

via the Wellcome Image Collections

ca. 1860’s [portrait of a Civil War veteran], Fredericks
via Ebay

ca. 1860’s [portrait of a Civil War veteran], Fredericks

via Ebay

ca. 1889, [portrait of a two-headed bull], Eisenmann
via Ebay

ca. 1889, [portrait of a two-headed bull], Eisenmann

via Ebay

ca. 1850, [post mortem daguerreotype of a clergyman in his casket]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1850, [post mortem daguerreotype of a clergyman in his casket]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [portrait of a blind produce vendor]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [portrait of a blind produce vendor]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1864, “Sun Moon & Stars”, W. J. Moulton
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1864, “Sun Moon & Stars”, W. J. Moulton

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [portrait of a trumpeter]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [portrait of a trumpeter]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860, [Portrait of Mr. George Hood and His Clothes Wringer Invention]
via I Photo Central

ca. 1860, [Portrait of Mr. George Hood and His Clothes Wringer Invention]

via I Photo Central

ca. 1885, [cartes de visite portrait of a cat]
via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1885, [cartes de visite portrait of a cat]

via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1870, [portrait of two young girls in costume with an American flag]
via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1870, [portrait of two young girls in costume with an American flag]

via Remains to be Seen

ca. 1860’s, “In Life How Fair, The End How Beautiful”, [memorial carte de visite]
via Exposures: Photography and Death, Audrey Linkman

ca. 1860’s, “In Life How Fair, The End How Beautiful”, [memorial carte de visite]

via Exposures: Photography and Death, Audrey Linkman

ca. 1877, “A College Powwow”

As part of Presentation Week, an event at Yale College, freshmen held “powwows” during the hours of the president’s reception: 
"As it grew later and darker, Freshmen, covered as to their faces with burnt cork, Freshmen with striped pants, Freshmen with hooped skirts, Freshmen with hoofs and tails, Freshmen with big beards and bobtail coats…Freshmen with all sorts of conceivable and practical disguises…march[ed] slowly across the college yard…for the purpose of celebrating their entrance upon Sophomore year." (Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1864)

via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

ca. 1877, “A College Powwow”

As part of Presentation Week, an event at Yale College, freshmen held “powwows” during the hours of the president’s reception:

"As it grew later and darker, Freshmen, covered as to their faces with burnt cork, Freshmen with striped pants, Freshmen with hooped skirts, Freshmen with hoofs and tails, Freshmen with big beards and bobtail coats…Freshmen with all sorts of conceivable and practical disguises…march[ed] slowly across the college yard…for the purpose of celebrating their entrance upon Sophomore year." (Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1864)

via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

ca. 1900, [lady atop a studio elephant]
via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

ca. 1900, [lady atop a studio elephant]

via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

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