ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a handsome young man wearing a star embroidered vest], J. Stimpson
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a handsome young man wearing a star embroidered vest], J. Stimpson

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled, possibly blind gentleman with no hands, posed with his young partner and a new invention called the ‘Peerless Steam Cooker.’ ]

 According to Kovel’s, “Charles E. Swartzbaugh founded Peerless Cooker Co. in Buffalo, New York, in 1884. He invented both a steam cooker and a ‘fireless cooker.’ By the early 1900s, the company moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was renamed the Toledo Cooker Co.”   This is most likely a salesman’s sample of this pristine model.  The young man holds a small piece of the equipment…[and] a manual for the steamer in his other hand.  On the floor in a black salesman pack is another flyer and a book with a partially title visible which starts with word “Money”; quite possibly a self-help book on sales and success.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880s-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled, possibly blind gentleman with no hands, posed with his young partner and a new invention called the ‘Peerless Steam Cooker.’ ]

 According to Kovel’s, “Charles E. Swartzbaugh founded Peerless Cooker Co. in Buffalo, New York, in 1884. He invented both a steam cooker and a ‘fireless cooker.’ By the early 1900s, the company moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was renamed the Toledo Cooker Co.”   This is most likely a salesman’s sample of this pristine model.  The young man holds a small piece of the equipment…[and] a manual for the steamer in his other hand.  On the floor in a black salesman pack is another flyer and a book with a partially title visible which starts with word “Money”; quite possibly a self-help book on sales and success.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter 
via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter

via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome 
University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

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