ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson

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 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

ca. 1880s, [carte de visite portrait of a napping dog]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [carte de visite portrait of a napping dog]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s,  “Prof. Hutchinson’s Performing Dogs, Punch, Dash, and Toby,” [carte de visite portrait]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s,  “Prof. Hutchinson’s Performing Dogs, Punch, Dash, and Toby,” [carte de visite portrait]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1883, [carte de visite portrait of a cat with needle point], E. Linde
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1883, [carte de visite portrait of a cat with needle point], E. Linde

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. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young person with their large dog]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young person with their large dog]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with a tiny dog], B.C. Daily
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with a tiny dog], B.C. Daily

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men posed with a tiny puppy]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men posed with a tiny puppy]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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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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