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

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

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a handsome young man wearing a star embroidered vest], J. Stimpson
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a handsome young man wearing a star embroidered vest], J. Stimpson

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a man]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a man]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype of a burning building, with applied color], “Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York,” George N. Barnard
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive,”Daguerrotypomania”

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype of a burning building, with applied color], “Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York,” George N. Barnard

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive,”Daguerrotypomania”

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a morose violinist]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1850, [half plate daguerreotype portrait of two men with canvas-covered peddler’s style wagon posed against a broad country horizon]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850, [half plate daguerreotype portrait of two men with canvas-covered peddler’s style wagon posed against a broad country horizon]

via Christopher Wahren Fine 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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