ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman

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. 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. 1880-1910, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a banner lady for “Criswell & Miller Hardware”], Enslow
via Luminous Lint, Private Collection of Laddy Kite

ca. 1880-1910, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a banner lady for “Criswell & Miller Hardware”], Enslow

via Luminous Lint, Private Collection of Laddy Kite

ca. 1899, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photography studio, wearing a dress with cabinet card portraits attached and hat made of cartes de visite for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, TX], Fayette W. Knight
via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1899, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photography studio, wearing a dress with cabinet card portraits attached and hat made of cartes de visite for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, TX], Fayette W. Knight

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1870-1900’s, [Advertising Cabinet Card showing girl with brush and ink making signs for the wall: “The Art of Perfection,” “Ennors Electro Tassergraph has no Equal,” “The Eye that Never Sleeps,” etc.], The Famous Bay Window Photograph Gallery
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-1900’s, [Advertising Cabinet Card showing girl with brush and ink making signs for the wall: “The Art of Perfection,” “Ennors Electro Tassergraph has no Equal,” “The Eye that Never Sleeps,” etc.], The Famous Bay Window Photograph Gallery

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-1900’s, [carte de visite advertising portrait of advertising girls for J.R. Williams and Son’s Hardware. Keys, cups, rings, chains, etc. hang from their dresses], Jenkins & Shawl
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-1900’s, [carte de visite advertising portrait of advertising girls for J.R. Williams and Son’s Hardware. Keys, cups, rings, chains, etc. hang from their dresses], Jenkins & Shawl

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a dentist and his patient; accompanied by a carte de visite with an advertisement for “R.D. Neal, Ambrotype Artist and Dentist”.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a dentist and his patient; accompanied by a carte de visite with an advertisement for “R.D. Neal, Ambrotype Artist and Dentist”.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [unusual carte de visite advertising portrait of girl with spoons and bells hanging from her dress, small urns perched on her shoulders, a pedestal with statue and clock seated on her head, etc. A banner by her side reads “Durfee” or Durpee”],  J. White & Co.
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-1900’s, [unusual carte de visite advertising portrait of girl with spoons and bells hanging from her dress, small urns perched on her shoulders, a pedestal with statue and clock seated on her head, etc. A banner by her side reads “Durfee” or Durpee”],  J. White & Co.

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, advertising “Cabinets by Grandfather Tadlock”], Abents
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Occupational Carte de Visites

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, advertising “Cabinets by Grandfather Tadlock”], Abents

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Occupational Carte de Visites

ca. 1889, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photographer for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, Texas; cabinet card portraits are attached to her dress, while carte de visites make up her headpiece], Fayette W. Knight
via Southern Methodist University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs Collection

ca. 1889, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photographer for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, Texas; cabinet card portraits are attached to her dress, while carte de visites make up her headpiece], Fayette W. Knight

via Southern Methodist University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs Collection

ca. 1890, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a young girl wearing a bib imprinted “My Mama Uses Atlas Flour”], Holdmann Photo Studio
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a young girl wearing a bib imprinted “My Mama Uses Atlas Flour”], Holdmann Photo Studio

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890, “For the Teeth & Breath”, [cabinet card advertisement display for Teaberry dentifrice], Stuart
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890, “For the Teeth & Breath”, [cabinet card advertisement display for Teaberry dentifrice], Stuart

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

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