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. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a pensive Union soldier in a captain’s uniform, resting his arm on the table]
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a pensive Union soldier in a captain’s uniform, resting his arm on the table]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1847, [daguerreotype portrait of Thomas Forsyth, mountain spy and guide], Thomas M. Easterly
via the Missouri History Museum

ca. 1847, [daguerreotype portrait of Thomas Forsyth, mountain spy and guide], Thomas M. Easterly

via the Missouri History Museum

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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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