ca. 1870-1890’s, [tintype portrait of a defiant looking young man, possibly wearing a black eye]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1890’s, [tintype portrait of a defiant looking young man, possibly wearing a black eye]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two men posed to box with a liquor bottle between them]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two men posed to box with a liquor bottle between them]

via Ebay

ca. 1890-1910, [staged, tintype portrait of a “fight scene”]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890-1910, [staged, tintype portrait of a “fight scene”]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen staging a fight in a studio]
via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen staging a fight in a studio]

via the Cleveland Museum of Art, Photography 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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