ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two circus performers]
via Yale University, Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection
ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

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. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a man and his two children]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney seated with family photographs]
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney seated with family photographs]

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding his daughter], Lewis Babbit
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding his daughter], Lewis Babbit

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]
via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [father-daughter daguerreotype portrait]

via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a performing family of circus acrobats and a clown], E. Gregson
via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a performing family of circus acrobats and a clown], E. Gregson

via Ebay

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of a family at a window]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of Eli Bowen,”The Legless Acrobat”, with his wife and child], A. Newman

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, split portrait of mustachioed Cornelius and Clinton Kenney, brothers, with shaved heads], New York Photo Co.
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, split portrait of mustachioed Cornelius and Clinton Kenney, brothers, with shaved heads], New York Photo Co.

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman and his daughter]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman and his daughter]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1870’s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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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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