ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood
via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood

via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell
via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell

via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]
via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]

via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]

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. 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. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of two performing dogs]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of two performing dogs]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

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This blog is a collection of vernacular photography and ephemera focused mainly within the curious and often misunderstood realm of 19th century America. I have a soft spot for all things silly, antiquated, macabre, and grotesque. The content is from a variety of collections; public, academic, and private. In addition, there's an occasional emphasis on Ulysses S Grant and the Civil War, as well.

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