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. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a Chinese man holding a flower], William Shew
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 Chinese man holding a flower], William Shew

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

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. 1850’s, [Daguerreotype portrait of a Scotsman wearing ethnic costume]
via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collections

ca. 1850’s, [Daguerreotype portrait of a Scotsman wearing ethnic costume]

via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collections

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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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