ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of  a young photographer who appears to be hand coloring or retouching his work; hand written on verso “Photographer stranger”]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of  a young photographer who appears to be hand coloring or retouching his work; hand written on verso “Photographer stranger”]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1864-66, [tintype portrait of a young lady in a fur coat posed with a creative and patriotic photographic display]

"Under magnification, the topmost photograph appears to be a carte de visite of President Lincoln, below which is an image of an unidentified woman, two cartes de visite of men, one of which resembles General John T. Wilder, and at bottom an image of what appears to be Trumbull’s ‘Declaration of Independence.’  Plate’s verso affixed with a canceled three cent revenue stamp, dating it to 1864-1866.”

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1864-66, [tintype portrait of a young lady in a fur coat posed with a creative and patriotic photographic display]

"Under magnification, the topmost photograph appears to be a carte de visite of President Lincoln, below which is an image of an unidentified woman, two cartes de visite of men, one of which resembles General John T. Wilder, and at bottom an image of what appears to be Trumbull’s ‘Declaration of Independence.’  Plate’s verso affixed with a canceled three cent revenue stamp, dating it to 1864-1866.”

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, “Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag”, Marcus Aurelius Root
via Christie’s

ca. 1850, “Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag”, Marcus Aurelius Root

via Christie’s

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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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