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. 1860-80s, [carte de visite portrait of ‘Dellie’], B.W. Matteson of Mechanicsburg, PA
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [carte de visite portrait of ‘Dellie’], B.W. Matteson of Mechanicsburg, PA

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a young lady holding a dog in her lap]
via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a young lady holding a dog in her lap]

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

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]

via Ebay

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child riding in a small dog-pulled carriage]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child riding in a small dog-pulled carriage]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a dog perched upon two photographic braces] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a dog perched upon two photographic braces]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]   
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]  

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter, proudly displaying his kill, and his dog]
via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter, proudly displaying his kill, and his dog]

via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with his springer spaniel]
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with his springer spaniel]

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype self-portrait of photographer E.A. Scholfield in a rocking chair, cradling a dog], E.A. Scholfield
via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype self-portrait of photographer E.A. Scholfield in a rocking chair, cradling a dog], E.A. Scholfield

via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a dog seated posed in a chair], Rufus Anson
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a dog seated posed in a chair], Rufus Anson

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a disheveled looking man with his black lab]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a disheveled looking man with his black lab]

via Ebay

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a dog in a metal collar], Houston’s Excelsior Gallery
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a dog in a metal collar], Houston’s Excelsior Gallery

via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz 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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