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. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1850-70, [daguerreotype portrait of a Southerner with a knife and a pistol]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850-70, [daguerreotype portrait of a Southerner with a knife and a pistol]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880, [portrait of a bearded woman, “Mrs. A., Elk County, P.A., Age 24”],  I.W. Taber & Co.
via the Slideshow Ephemera Gallery

ca. 1880, [portrait of a bearded woman, “Mrs. A., Elk County, P.A., Age 24”], I.W. Taber & Co.

via the Slideshow Ephemera Gallery

ca. 1865, [portrait of two gentleman in ladies clothing], Franck 
via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1865, [portrait of two gentleman in ladies clothing], Franck

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1892, [Portrait of W.S. Penley as “Dona Lucia from Brazil” in “Charley’s Aunt”],  Norman and Burnide 
via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1892, [Portrait of W.S. Penley as “Dona Lucia from Brazil” in “Charley’s Aunt”],  Norman and Burnide

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1875, [unidentified gentleman dressed in ladies clothing]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [unidentified gentleman dressed in ladies clothing]

via the International Center of Photography

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

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1862, “Jimmy Rogers as Miss Eily O’Connor in a burlesque of Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Colleen Bawn’”, Southwell Brothers
via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1862, “Jimmy Rogers as Miss Eily O’Connor in a burlesque of Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Colleen Bawn’”, Southwell Brothers

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1877, “A College Powwow”

As part of Presentation Week, an event at Yale College, freshmen held “powwows” during the hours of the president’s reception: 
"As it grew later and darker, Freshmen, covered as to their faces with burnt cork, Freshmen with striped pants, Freshmen with hooped skirts, Freshmen with hoofs and tails, Freshmen with big beards and bobtail coats…Freshmen with all sorts of conceivable and practical disguises…march[ed] slowly across the college yard…for the purpose of celebrating their entrance upon Sophomore year." (Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1864)

via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

ca. 1877, “A College Powwow”

As part of Presentation Week, an event at Yale College, freshmen held “powwows” during the hours of the president’s reception:

"As it grew later and darker, Freshmen, covered as to their faces with burnt cork, Freshmen with striped pants, Freshmen with hooped skirts, Freshmen with hoofs and tails, Freshmen with big beards and bobtail coats…Freshmen with all sorts of conceivable and practical disguises…march[ed] slowly across the college yard…for the purpose of celebrating their entrance upon Sophomore year." (Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 1864)

via The American Tintype, by Floyd and Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner

ca. 1896, [gentleman in exotic lady’s costume], Richard von Krafft-Ebing
via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts

ca. 1896, [gentleman in exotic lady’s costume], Richard von Krafft-Ebing

via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts

ca. 1850-60, [portrait of a woman], Mats Landin
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850-60, [portrait of a woman], Mats Landin

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1885, “Vernona Jarbeau”
via the George Eastman House Collection on Flickr

ca. 1885, “Vernona Jarbeau”

via the George Eastman House Collection on Flickr

ca. 1900, theatrical champêtre
via Photo Verdeau

ca. 1900, theatrical champĂȘtre

via Photo Verdeau

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