ca. 1870-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of Eva Slater wearing an Egyptian inspired stage costume], Webster & Albee.
via the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923

ca. 1870-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of Eva Slater wearing an Egyptian inspired stage costume], Webster & Albee.

via the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of actress Isabelle Urquhart in witch or sorceress costume, posed before a dark, Romantic backdrop], Falk
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of actress Isabelle Urquhart in witch or sorceress costume, posed before a dark, Romantic backdrop], Falk

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait, with applied color, of a comic actor posing in costume]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery 36

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait, with applied color, of a comic actor posing in costume]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery 36

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a costumed couple with white masks]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a costumed couple with white masks]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly an actor, reading a newspaper, wearing a skull cap and a plaid suit]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly an actor, reading a newspaper, wearing a skull cap and a plaid suit]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1884-1900, [albumen portrait of actress Sarah Bernhardt, in character as the Empress Theodora in Sardou’s “Theodora”], William Downey
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, Albumen and Silver Prints Collection

ca. 1884-1900, [albumen portrait of actress Sarah Bernhardt, in character as the Empress Theodora in Sardou’s “Theodora”], William Downey

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, Albumen and Silver Prints Collection

ca. 1892, [Portrait of W.S. Penley as “Dona Lucia from Brazil” in “Charley’s Aunt”],  Norman and Burnide 
via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1892, [Portrait of W.S. Penley as “Dona Lucia from Brazil” in “Charley’s Aunt”],  Norman and Burnide

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1862, “Jimmy Rogers as Miss Eily O’Connor in a burlesque of Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Colleen Bawn’”, Southwell Brothers
via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1862, “Jimmy Rogers as Miss Eily O’Connor in a burlesque of Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Colleen Bawn’”, Southwell Brothers

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

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