ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey
via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey

via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of two men concentrating on a chess game]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of two men concentrating on a chess game]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [carte de visite studio portrait of a mountain man or explorer with a full beard and mustache, wearing a thick fur cap, coat, gloves, and boots. This rugged individual, posed within a wintry studio setting, also wears a pair of goggles, with his left eye concealed by a patch or kerchief], Pach Bros.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [carte de visite studio portrait of a mountain man or explorer with a full beard and mustache, wearing a thick fur cap, coat, gloves, and boots. This rugged individual, posed within a wintry studio setting, also wears a pair of goggles, with his left eye concealed by a patch or kerchief], Pach Bros.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca.1883, [cabinet card, portrait of Cornelius Cook Kenney holding Izetta Jewel as a baby]
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca.1883, [cabinet card, portrait of Cornelius Cook Kenney holding Izetta Jewel as a baby]

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and two others standing with suitcases and a birdcage], Kenney Brothers Art Studio
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and two others standing with suitcases and a birdcage], Kenney Brothers Art Studio

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of an older gentleman with a unusual neck -ornament, -beard, or chest hair]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of an older gentleman with a unusual neck -ornament, -beard, or chest hair]

via Ebay

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