ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype  portrait of a women with her nine-string bango]
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection
ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870-80s, [carte de visite portrait of Miss Isabella Sutherland, of the long haired, singing ‘Sutherland Sisters’] 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80s, [carte de visite portrait of Miss Isabella Sutherland, of the long haired, singing ‘Sutherland Sisters’]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s-90s, [cabinet card of a music shop with a spectacular large guitar prop above the window as an advertisement]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-90s, [cabinet card of a music shop with a spectacular large guitar prop above the window as an advertisement]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt ambrotype portrait of a man holding his concertina]
via Bryan & Page Ginns’ Stereographica Antique Photographica

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt ambrotype portrait of a man holding his concertina]

via Bryan & Page Ginns’ Stereographica Antique Photographica

ca. 1850-60s, [tintype portrait  tintype of a young woman posed with a her rocking melodeon]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [tintype portrait tintype of a young woman posed with a her rocking melodeon]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of a young man with his steam piano]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of a young man with his steam piano]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1865, [ambrotype portrait of two men, one playing a violin and the other holding his flute, identified on attached slip of paper as “Charles Carroll Arms (with flute) and friend about 1865”]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1865, [ambrotype portrait of two men, one playing a violin and the other holding his flute, identified on attached slip of paper as “Charles Carroll Arms (with flute) and friend about 1865”]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]
via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]

via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child with a bugle]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child with a bugle]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled guitar player], J.D. Strunk
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled guitar player], J.D. Strunk

via Ebay

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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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