ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young, long-haired girl in a hat]
via Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young, long-haired girl in a hat]

via Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1850’s, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two young girls in plaid dresses]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two young girls in plaid dresses]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Adah Briggs, “The Giant Lady”, in a fake snow scene and fur coat], Charles Eisenmann
via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Adah Briggs, “The Giant Lady”, in a fake snow scene and fur coat], Charles Eisenmann

via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1856-1910, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a woman in a fine striped dress, holding a book]
via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1856-1910, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a woman in a fine striped dress, holding a book]

via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Adah Briggs, “The Giant Lady”, in a fake snow scene and fur coat], Charles Eisenmann
via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Adah Briggs, “The Giant Lady”, in a fake snow scene and fur coat], Charles Eisenmann

via Syracuse University Library, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1859-60, [portrait of a young boy], Francis S. Keeler
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1859-60, [portrait of a young boy], Francis S. Keeler

via the International Center of Photography

[Late 19th or early 20th century tintype of a shirtless gentleman boxer?]
via Anonymous Works from Ebay

[Late 19th or early 20th century tintype of a shirtless gentleman boxer?]

via Anonymous Works from Ebay

ca. 1860, [Barnum’s circus “fat lady” Phebe Dunn at 17 years old, 407lbs]
via Gormer’s photostream on Flickr

ca. 1860, [Barnum’s circus “fat lady” Phebe Dunn at 17 years old, 407lbs]

via Gormer’s photostream on Flickr

ca. 1901, “Greatness Series: ‘Some are born great’, ‘Some achieve greatness’, ‘-And some have greatness thrust upon them.’”, Underwood & Underwood
via DepthandTime’s Photostream

ca. 1901, “Greatness Series: ‘Some are born great’, ‘Some achieve greatness’, ‘-And some have greatness thrust upon them.’”, Underwood & Underwood

via DepthandTime’s Photostream

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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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