ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]
via Ebay Auctions

ca. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]

via Ebay Auctions

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype of a handsome young man], “Portrait of Young Mr. Hayden, A Native of New Orleans,” J.H. Huron
via I Photo Central

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype of a handsome young man], “Portrait of Young Mr. Hayden, A Native of New Orleans,” J.H. Huron

via I Photo Central

ca. 1860-80s, [tintype portrait of a child, apparently lost in thought]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [tintype portrait of a child, apparently lost in thought]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-1890, [tintype portrait of a giggling infant]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-1890, [tintype portrait of a giggling infant]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of two men with their hands at their hips; the gent on the left, a furrow at his brow]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of two men with their hands at their hips; the gent on the left, a furrow at his brow]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [unusual tintype portrait of a mysterious sitter peering through their fingers]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [unusual tintype portrait of a mysterious sitter peering through their fingers]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1885, [tintype portrait of  of Minette and a pensive Lilla Kenney seated indoors]
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 
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. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an exasperated boy with a tasseled hat]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an exasperated boy with a tasseled hat]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

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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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