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. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 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, “Myself, with Little Luise on my Lap, Hamburg”, Hermann Carl Eduard Biewend
via the National Gallery of Canada, Photographs Collection

ca. 1850, “Myself, with Little Luise on my Lap, Hamburg”, Hermann Carl Eduard Biewend

via the National Gallery of Canada, Photographs Collection

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

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

via Ebay

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

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, “Myself, with Little Luise on my Lap, Hamburg”, Hermann Carl Eduard Biewend
via the National Gallery of Canada, Photographs Collection

ca. 1850, “Myself, with Little Luise on my Lap, Hamburg”, Hermann Carl Eduard Biewend

via the National Gallery of Canada, Photographs Collection

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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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