ca. 1860’s, [silly, pornographic carte de visite of a couple]
via  Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860’s, [silly, pornographic carte de visite of a couple]

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

c. 1850, [portrait of a woman wrapped in veil leaning on a balustrade]
via I Photo Central

c. 1850, [portrait of a woman wrapped in veil leaning on a balustrade]

via I Photo Central

ca. 1847-53, [daguerreotype portrait of two women]
via the J. Paul Getty Museum

ca. 1847-53, [daguerreotype portrait of two women]

via the J. Paul Getty Museum

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype of erotic scene in a hayloft], attributed to Felix Jacques Antoine Moulin
via Luminous Lint, Private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype of erotic scene in a hayloft], attributed to Felix Jacques Antoine Moulin

via Luminous Lint, Private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1850’s, [portrait of a woman]
via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1850’s, [portrait of a woman]

via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1850’s, [portrait of two women]
via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1850’s, [portrait of two women]

via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1890-1910, [gentleman in costume embracing a mannequin], François Brunery
via the Musée d’Orsay, Photographic Collections

ca. 1890-1910, [gentleman in costume embracing a mannequin], François Brunery

via the Musée d’Orsay, Photographic Collections

ca. 1890, [portrait of two gentlemen entangled]
via Not on Your Tintype: Collection of American Tintypes, Vol. 1, Andrew Daneman

ca. 1890, [portrait of two gentlemen entangled]

via Not on Your Tintype: Collection of American Tintypes, Vol. 1, Andrew Daneman

ca. 1890’s, [portrait of a couple]
via Not on Your Tintype: Collection of American Tintypes, Vol. 1, Andrew Daneman

ca. 1890’s, [portrait of a couple]

via Not on Your Tintype: Collection of American Tintypes, Vol. 1, Andrew Daneman

ca. 1885, [gentleman spanking a lady]
via the Phantom Patrol Blogspot

ca. 1885, [gentleman spanking a lady]

via the Phantom Patrol Blogspot

ca. 1900’s, [two ladies spanking another]
via the Retro Porn Archive

ca. 1900’s, [two ladies spanking another]

via the Retro Porn Archive

ca. 1890, [couple in bed]
via the Retro Porn Archives

ca. 1890, [couple in bed]

via the Retro Porn Archives

ca. 1880’s, [young prostitute]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880’s, [young prostitute]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1900, "Noir d’ere-a la tienne", Morgan & Morgan
via the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building/George Arents Collection
ca. 1906, “An Unexpected Meeting of the Board”
via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Card Collection

ca. 1906, “An Unexpected Meeting of the Board”

via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Card 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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