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

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, portrait of a woman identified as Marie Stover of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, holding a cake and wearing a loaf of bread as a hat and a dress adorned with donuts and cookies, and pretzels. Presumably, she is advertising a bakery], Roshon
via Be-Hold Fine Photographs
In the early 19th century, the Pennsylvania Dutch introduced soft pretzels and pretzel bakery businesses to Southern Pennsylvania. By 1861, the Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, PA became the first commercial hard pretzel bakery in the U.S., and by 1889, the Anderson Pretzel Factory was founded in Lancaster.

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, portrait of a woman identified as Marie Stover of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, holding a cake and wearing a loaf of bread as a hat and a dress adorned with donuts and cookies, and pretzels. Presumably, she is advertising a bakery], Roshon

via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

In the early 19th century, the Pennsylvania Dutch introduced soft pretzels and pretzel bakery businesses to Southern Pennsylvania. By 1861, the Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, PA became the first commercial hard pretzel bakery in the U.S., and by 1889, the Anderson Pretzel Factory was founded in Lancaster.

ca. 1860-90, [cabinet card, portrait of Jennie Keene, representing the People’s Bank in the Baptist Carnival with coins on her dress and folding money as her collar], G. W. Browning
via Be-hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90, [cabinet card, portrait of Jennie Keene, representing the People’s Bank in the Baptist Carnival with coins on her dress and folding money as her collar], G. W. Browning

via Be-hold Fine Photographs

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