ca. 1896, “Whitney’s Bicycle Chain Protector”, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with displaying his patent model. On verso, a U.S. Patent Office stamp dated June 24, 1898]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1896, “Whitney’s Bicycle Chain Protector”, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with displaying his patent model. On verso, a U.S. Patent Office stamp dated June 24, 1898]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-1900, [carte de visite portrait of a solitary, morose-looking gentlemen with clothespins on his face], H. Wentworth
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-1900, [carte de visite portrait of a solitary, morose-looking gentlemen with clothespins on his face], H. Wentworth

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1841,[Unidentified Boy in Front of Painted Backdrop of US Capitol], Matthew D. Van Loan
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1841,[Unidentified Boy in Front of Painted Backdrop of US Capitol], Matthew D. Van Loan

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1890-1910, [albumen portrait of a child, apparently the photographer’s son, using a POCO A camera], Ralph E. Welch

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890-1910, [albumen portrait of a child, apparently the photographer’s son, using a POCO A camera], Ralph E. Welch

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with a camera]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with a camera]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875-95, [tintype portrait of a young man with a bandaged head]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875-95, [tintype portrait of a young man with a bandaged head]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-1890, [tintype portrait of a gentleman earnestly holding hands with two  listless individuals]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-1890, [tintype portrait of a gentleman earnestly holding hands with two  listless individuals]

via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [double self portrait with Ignác Šechtl as both a laboratory worker and a retoucher], Ignác Šechtl
via the Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography

ca. 1870’s, [double self portrait with Ignác Šechtl as both a laboratory worker and a retoucher], Ignác Šechtl

via the Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a butcher proudly sharpening his knife]
via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a butcher proudly sharpening his knife]

via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s [post mortem daguerreotype of a woman with a book]
via Live Auctioneers, Be-Hold

ca. 1850’s [post mortem daguerreotype of a woman with a book]

via Live Auctioneers, Be-Hold

ca. 1847, [Reenactment of the First Public Demonstration of the Surgical Use of Ether], Southworth and Hawes
via Harvard University, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Department of Photographs

ca. 1847, [Reenactment of the First Public Demonstration of the Surgical Use of Ether], Southworth and Hawes

via Harvard University, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Department of Photographs

ca. 1860’s, [Tintype portrait of a barefoot boy holding a revolver]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [Tintype portrait of a barefoot boy holding a revolver]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1858, [portrait of mother and dead child]
via Harvard University, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Department of Photographs
ca. 1850’s, [portrait of a gentleman with photographic equipment]
via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1850’s, [portrait of a gentleman with photographic equipment]

via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

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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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