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. 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. 1850s, [out-door daguerreotype portrait of morose girl in a dog-pulled cart]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [out-door daguerreotype portrait of morose girl in a dog-pulled cart]

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

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait a boy posed with sass]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait a boy posed with sass]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

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. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]

via Ebay

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

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

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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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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