ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype  portrait of a women with her nine-string bango]
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection
ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of two men concentrating on a chess game]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of two men concentrating on a chess game]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man, possibly a student, wearing a sweater wrap and holding a pointer, whip, or baton], Becker’s Gallery
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man, possibly a student, wearing a sweater wrap and holding a pointer, whip, or baton], Becker’s Gallery

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-60, [ambrotype portrait of a child on a rocking horse]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855-60, [ambrotype portrait of a child on a rocking horse]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of two dogs at their kennel]
via I Photo Central, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of two dogs at their kennel]

via I Photo Central, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype of a handsome young man], “Portrait of Young Mr. Hayden, A Native of New Orleans,” J.H. Huron
via I Photo Central

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype of a handsome young man], “Portrait of Young Mr. Hayden, A Native of New Orleans,” J.H. Huron

via I Photo Central

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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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