ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portraits of a gentleman; in one he is mending his jacket with a needle and thread, the other, smoking a cigar.]
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portraits of a gentleman; in one he is mending his jacket with a needle and thread, the other, smoking a cigar.]

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and smoking a cigar]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and smoking a cigar]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two dandies smoking cigars]
via the Daguerreian Society, Cindy Motzenbecker Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two dandies smoking cigars]

via the Daguerreian Society, Cindy Motzenbecker Collection

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of six men smoking, drinking wine and playing a game of cards]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of six men smoking, drinking wine and playing a game of cards]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of an unidentified gentleman enjoying a cigar]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of an unidentified gentleman enjoying a cigar]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a child with a cigar]
via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a child with a cigar]

via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1865, [Tintype portrait of two gentlemen with cigars. One has his hand to the other’s wrist, as if taking a pulse] 
via the Online Archives of California, UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Zelda Mackay Pictorial Collection

ca. 1865, [Tintype portrait of two gentlemen with cigars. One has his hand to the other’s wrist, as if taking a pulse]

via the Online Archives of California, UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Zelda Mackay Pictorial Collection

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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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