ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, pointing at a microscope, with a child]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, pointing at a microscope, with a child]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1857, [ambrotype of a professor giving a medical lecture in Abington, Illinois]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, BeHold Fine Photographics

ca. 1857, [ambrotype of a professor giving a medical lecture in Abington, Illinois]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, BeHold Fine Photographics

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of Prof. Dunn, reading a book and posed with stoppered bottles and beaker], Matthew Brady
via the George Eastman House Photography Collection, Flickr

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of Prof. Dunn, reading a book and posed with stoppered bottles and beaker], Matthew Brady

via the George Eastman House Photography Collection, Flickr

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1843, [Self-portrait daguerreotype  of Robert Cornelius with laboratory instruments], Robert Cornelius
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Image Archive

ca. 1843, [Self-portrait daguerreotype of Robert Cornelius with laboratory instruments], Robert Cornelius

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Image Archive

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, “a teacher with students” at a blackboard], The English Studio, Baku
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey, LL/44895

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, “a teacher with students” at a blackboard], The English Studio, Baku

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey, LL/44895

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card of two women sitting at a table examining a starfish and other specimens using magnifiers], J.R. Thomas
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card of two women sitting at a table examining a starfish and other specimens using magnifiers], J.R. Thomas

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of four nonplussed boys posed behind science and lab equipment; photo backed with a printed entrance ticket for “Severn Street British School Christmas Tea Meeting”]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of four nonplussed boys posed behind science and lab equipment; photo backed with a printed entrance ticket for “Severn Street British School Christmas Tea Meeting”]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1888, “The Moon, August 21st, 1888—From negatives made with the great telescope of the Lick Observatory”, Isaiah West Taber
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1888, “The Moon, August 21st, 1888—From negatives made with the great telescope of the Lick Observatory”, Isaiah West Taber

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a young English student with his microscope]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a young English student with his microscope]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of of either a young photographer, pharmacist, or chemist with a scale, various bottles and chemicals. Another person in the foreground is turned away from the camera, admiring photos displayed in the case]
via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographica, Tintype Collection

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of of either a young photographer, pharmacist, or chemist with a scale, various bottles and chemicals. Another person in the foreground is turned away from the camera, admiring photos displayed in the case]

via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographica, Tintype Collection

ca. 1892, [albumen print of  the telescope at Columbia Observatory, Vermont], H.J. Cook
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1892, [albumen print of the telescope at Columbia Observatory, Vermont], H.J. Cook

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1851, [daguerreotype stereograph of a scientist in his laboratory], John Benjamin Dancer
via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints Drawing and Paintings Collection

ca. 1851, [daguerreotype stereograph of a scientist in his laboratory], John Benjamin Dancer

via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints Drawing and Paintings Collection

ca. 1855, [skeleton specimen salt print of Dinornis Elephantopus, for the British Museum], Roger Fenton
via the J. Paul Getty Museum, Prints, Photographic Collections

ca. 1855, [skeleton specimen salt print of Dinornis Elephantopus, for the British Museum], Roger Fenton

via the J. Paul Getty Museum, Prints, Photographic Collections

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