ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a conspicuously mustachioed gentleman with a jaunty hat]
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a conspicuously mustachioed gentleman with a jaunty hat]

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1890-1915, [portrait of a gentleman in mustachioed disguise with center-cut star shield badge that reads “U.S. Detective.”] 
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1890-1915, [portrait of a gentleman in mustachioed disguise with center-cut star shield badge that reads “U.S. Detective.”]

via Heritage Auctions

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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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