ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of two bearded gentlemen,  David & Thomas Havens, identified on verso]
via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of two bearded gentlemen,  David & Thomas Havens, identified on verso]

via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1850-60’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustached gentleman in a polka-dot tie and wide-brimmed straw hat]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850-60’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustached gentleman in a polka-dot tie and wide-brimmed straw hat]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of two bearded gentlemen], Félix Feuardent 
via the Musée d’Orsay

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of two bearded gentlemen], Félix Feuardent

via the Musée d’Orsay

ca. 1890-1915,  [photo postcard of a “U.S. detective” with star shield badge, and a mustache and beard disguise]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1890-1915, [photo postcard of a “U.S. detective” with star shield badge, and a mustache and beard disguise]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1886, [Bearded gentleman armed with ax, rifle, hunting knife, and two pistols, Maine],  						 				 Joseph John Kirkbride
via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

ca. 1886, [Bearded gentleman armed with ax, rifle, hunting knife, and two pistols, Maine],  Joseph John Kirkbride

via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

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