ca. 1860s, [hand gilded ambrotype portrait of a couple; the gentleman wearing a patriotic sash featuring a shield eagle and thirteen stars]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [hand gilded ambrotype portrait of a couple; the gentleman wearing a patriotic sash featuring a shield eagle and thirteen stars]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a patriotic young lady holding an American flag stenciled with North Carolina or South Carolina (only “TH CAROLINA” is visible due to the furl of the flag).]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a patriotic young lady holding an American flag stenciled with North Carolina or South Carolina (only “TH CAROLINA” is visible due to the furl of the flag).]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [half plate daguerreotype portrait of two men with canvas-covered peddler’s style wagon posed against a broad country horizon]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850, [half plate daguerreotype portrait of two men with canvas-covered peddler’s style wagon posed against a broad country horizon]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young child with a banner, “three cheers for the flag”], James Girard Smith
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young child with a banner, “three cheers for the flag”], James Girard Smith

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1850, “Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag”, Marcus Aurelius Root
via Christie’s

ca. 1850, “Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag”, Marcus Aurelius Root

via Christie’s

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a woman dressed, possibly as Columbia, in a tiara with the Union shield]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a woman dressed, possibly as Columbia, in a tiara with the Union shield]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a very serious young patriot with an American flag]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a very serious young patriot with an American flag]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a child holding an American flag], Chalmers & Wolfe
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a child holding an American flag], Chalmers & Wolfe

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

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite, “E pluribus unum branch. Fifty pears on a branch eight inches long, weighing nineteen lbs. Raised in Bruggs’ Orchard, Marysville, Cal”], Amasa Park Johnston
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite, “E pluribus unum branch. Fifty pears on a branch eight inches long, weighing nineteen lbs. Raised in Bruggs’ Orchard, Marysville, Cal”], Amasa Park Johnston

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1898, “Our Country, Uncle Sam”, Joseph Randall Blanchard
via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

ca. 1898, “Our Country, Uncle Sam”, Joseph Randall Blanchard

via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a woman sullenly wearing star tiara and holding the American shield; a despondent Columbia]
via the International Center for Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a woman sullenly wearing star tiara and holding the American shield; a despondent Columbia]

via the International Center for Photography

ca. 1861-70, [Regimental Battle Flag Carte de Visite], E & H.T. Anthony from Matthew Brady’s Portrait Gallery
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1861-70, [Regimental Battle Flag Carte de Visite], E & H.T. Anthony from Matthew Brady’s Portrait Gallery

via Heritage Auctions

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