ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]

via Ebay

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a doll], C.E. Clark
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a doll], C.E. Clark

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three cowboy-esque gentlemen, one with a doll]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three cowboy-esque gentlemen, one with a doll]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-1900’s, [tintype portrait of two shy young girls, clutching their dolls and hiding their faces]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-1900’s, [tintype portrait of two shy young girls, clutching their dolls and hiding their faces]

via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of of three seated young girls holding their dolls]
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of of three seated young girls holding their dolls]

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three gentlemen, one with a doll]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three gentlemen, one with a doll]

via the International Center of Photography

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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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