ca. 1860-80s, [double exposure carte de visite portrait of a man], Kempe and Gates
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-80s, [double exposure carte de visite portrait of a man], Kempe and Gates

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey
via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey

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

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and two others standing with suitcases and a birdcage], Kenney Brothers Art Studio
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and two others standing with suitcases and a birdcage], Kenney Brothers Art Studio

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded lady and a gentleman], D.J. Wilkes
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded lady and a gentleman], D.J. Wilkes

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite self-portrait of Edward Kusel with a camera], Edward Abraham Kusel
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite self-portrait of Edward Kusel with a camera], Edward Abraham Kusel

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

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded gent, perhaps a retired sailor, with tiny monkey perched on his shoulder], Cayol Freres Marseille
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded gent, perhaps a retired sailor, with tiny monkey perched on his shoulder], Cayol Freres Marseille

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860-1880, [tintype portrait of a bespectacled and bearded gentleman wearing a rich paisley robe, a floral cap and a large, hand-tinted cravat]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-1880, [tintype portrait of a bespectacled and bearded gentleman wearing a rich paisley robe, a floral cap and a large, hand-tinted cravat]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bare chested, bearded, and tattooed man], Charles Eisenmann
via  Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1870-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bare chested, bearded, and tattooed man], Charles Eisenmann

via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1850, “The Fisherman”, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with a pipe and fishing pole], William C. North
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850, “The Fisherman”, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with a pipe and fishing pole], William C. North

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a bearded gentleman with an uneasy grin]
via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a bearded gentleman with an uneasy grin]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of man with a leather apron], Brown & Otto
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of man with a leather apron], Brown & Otto

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

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a bearded gentleman faced away from the camera]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a bearded gentleman faced away from the camera]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880-1910, [tintype portrait of two western gentlemen playing chess, with a dog, more likely a taxidermied coyote or wolf, at their feet], Voss
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographs

ca. 1880-1910, [tintype portrait of two western gentlemen playing chess, with a dog, more likely a taxidermied coyote or wolf, at their feet], Voss

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographs

ca. 1860-90’s, [trompe l’oeil-esque tintype portrait of a bearded gentleman taking aim at his target]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90’s, [trompe l’oeil-esque tintype portrait of a bearded gentleman taking aim at his target]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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