ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card of a large piece of machinery that appears to be steam operated]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card of a large piece of machinery that appears to be steam operated]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880s-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled, possibly blind gentleman with no hands, posed with his young partner and a new invention called the ‘Peerless Steam Cooker.’ ]

 According to Kovel’s, “Charles E. Swartzbaugh founded Peerless Cooker Co. in Buffalo, New York, in 1884. He invented both a steam cooker and a ‘fireless cooker.’ By the early 1900s, the company moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was renamed the Toledo Cooker Co.”   This is most likely a salesman’s sample of this pristine model.  The young man holds a small piece of the equipment…[and] a manual for the steamer in his other hand.  On the floor in a black salesman pack is another flyer and a book with a partially title visible which starts with word “Money”; quite possibly a self-help book on sales and success.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880s-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled, possibly blind gentleman with no hands, posed with his young partner and a new invention called the ‘Peerless Steam Cooker.’ ]

 According to Kovel’s, “Charles E. Swartzbaugh founded Peerless Cooker Co. in Buffalo, New York, in 1884. He invented both a steam cooker and a ‘fireless cooker.’ By the early 1900s, the company moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was renamed the Toledo Cooker Co.”   This is most likely a salesman’s sample of this pristine model.  The young man holds a small piece of the equipment…[and] a manual for the steamer in his other hand.  On the floor in a black salesman pack is another flyer and a book with a partially title visible which starts with word “Money”; quite possibly a self-help book on sales and success.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter 
via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter

via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome 
University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley
via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley

via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

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

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