ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell
via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell

via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [portrait of a child with a toy train set], Elliott

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & 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. 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

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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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