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. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [carte de visite portrait of an engineer with a double acting steam engine at the Dundee Jute Works power house]
Information on the Dundee Jute Mills, a Scottish textile mill which specialized in processing the fiber of the aquatic Corchorus plant, can be found at the Scotland History site, Scotland History.
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-1900s, [carte de visite portrait of an engineer with a double acting steam engine at the Dundee Jute Works power house]

Information on the Dundee Jute Mills, a Scottish textile mill which specialized in processing the fiber of the aquatic Corchorus plant, can be found at the Scotland History site, Scotland History.

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two circus performers]
via Yale University, Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection
ca. 1880s, [carte de visite portrait of a napping dog]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [carte de visite portrait of a napping dog]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a happy baby wearing christening clothes], A.J. Schillare
via Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a happy baby wearing christening clothes], A.J. Schillare

via Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

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

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