ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

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. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1863, [carte de visite portrait of Gen. Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) and his wife Lavinia Warren, on their wedding day]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1863, [carte de visite portrait of Gen. Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) and his wife Lavinia Warren, on their wedding day]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [hand gilded ambrotype portrait of a couple; the gentleman wearing a patriotic sash featuring a shield eagle and thirteen stars]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [hand gilded ambrotype portrait of a couple; the gentleman wearing a patriotic sash featuring a shield eagle and thirteen stars]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of two men with their hands at their hips; the gent on the left, a furrow at his brow]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of two men with their hands at their hips; the gent on the left, a furrow at his brow]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, “Sheridan & Mack, clog dancers,” [carte de visite portrait of two vaudeville dancers], Gurney & Son
via the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division,  Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923 

ca. 1860-80s, “Sheridan & Mack, clog dancers,” [carte de visite portrait of two vaudeville dancers], Gurney & Son

via the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division,  Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923 

ca. 1885, [tintype portrait of  of Minette and a pensive Lilla Kenney seated indoors]
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 
ca. 1890, [outdoor tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and a woman named Flora in a wooded area], Naramore Photographer
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1890, [outdoor tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and a woman named Flora in a wooded area], Naramore Photographer

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Clinton Kenney], Naramore Photographer
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 
ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a couple; a gentleman admiring a painting being completed by a lady] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a couple; a gentleman admiring a painting being completed by a lady]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1865, [ambrotype portrait of two men, one playing a violin and the other holding his flute, identified on attached slip of paper as “Charles Carroll Arms (with flute) and friend about 1865”]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1865, [ambrotype portrait of two men, one playing a violin and the other holding his flute, identified on attached slip of paper as “Charles Carroll Arms (with flute) and friend about 1865”]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

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