ca. 1896, [cabinet card, portrait of a well-dressed young man posed confidently with his bicycle], Cooke
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1896, [cabinet card, portrait of a well-dressed young man posed confidently with his bicycle], Cooke

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of two fencing partners in costume]
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1860-90’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of two fencing partners in costume]

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]
via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]

via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company  
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company 

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

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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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