ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]

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. 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-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey
via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey

via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880, [carte de viste portrait of Zumigo, side show performer, in fancy dress], Chas. Eisenmann
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection

ca. 1880, [carte de viste portrait of Zumigo, side show performer, in fancy dress], Chas. Eisenmann

via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca, 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a man, possibly a Civil War veteran, with missing limbs and a prosthetic leg]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca, 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a man, possibly a Civil War veteran, with missing limbs and a prosthetic leg]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card of a large piece of machinery that appears to be steam operated]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card of a large piece of machinery that appears to be steam operated]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1865, [carte de visite portrait of Senator James Rood Doolittle; his autograph in ink at the bottom], Matthew Brady

Doolittle, born in New York, moved to Wisconsin in 1851. He was elected to the Senate in 1857 and served on the Committee on Indian Affairs until 1863. During the Civil War Doolittle was an active supporter of Lincoln.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1865, [carte de visite portrait of Senator James Rood Doolittle; his autograph in ink at the bottom], Matthew Brady

Doolittle, born in New York, moved to Wisconsin in 1851. He was elected to the Senate in 1857 and served on the Committee on Indian Affairs until 1863. During the Civil War Doolittle was an active supporter of Lincoln.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

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