ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two women in ethnic or performance garb]
via Ebay
If any followers can identify these ladies or the origin of their clothing, hit me up!

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two women in ethnic or performance garb]

via Ebay

If any followers can identify these ladies or the origin of their clothing, hit me up!

ca. 1870, [Hand tinted tintype portrait of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards in fancy dress]
via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers

ca. 1870, [Hand tinted tintype portrait of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards in fancy dress]

via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers

ca. 1870-1900’s, [unusual carte de visite advertising portrait of girl with spoons and bells hanging from her dress, small urns perched on her shoulders, a pedestal with statue and clock seated on her head, etc. A banner by her side reads “Durfee” or Durpee”],  J. White & Co.
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-1900’s, [unusual carte de visite advertising portrait of girl with spoons and bells hanging from her dress, small urns perched on her shoulders, a pedestal with statue and clock seated on her head, etc. A banner by her side reads “Durfee” or Durpee”],  J. White & Co.

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]
via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]

via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1840-1860, [daguerreotype portrait of a dramatically posed lady  in an elaborate dress, possibly Scottish, with a star pattern, tartan sash and hat]
via the Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts,  Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-1860, [daguerreotype portrait of a dramatically posed lady in an elaborate dress, possibly Scottish, with a star pattern, tartan sash and hat]

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

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs

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

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a woman holding a framed picture], Joseph P. Lowe
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a woman holding a framed picture], Joseph P. Lowe

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

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a boy with a toy sword]
via the Daguerreian Society, Jack Naylor Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a boy with a toy sword]

via the Daguerreian Society, Jack Naylor 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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