ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870-1890’s, [hand colored tintype portrait of three young men drinking a pink tinted liquid and eating what appear to be eggs]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1890’s, [hand colored tintype portrait of three young men drinking a pink tinted liquid and eating what appear to be eggs]

via Ebay

ca. 1880-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a child with a knife and a chocolate bunny], Wilke
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Paper Photography

ca. 1880-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a child with a knife and a chocolate bunny], Wilke

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Paper Photography

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two young men, one eating a banana]
The sweet, yellow bananas that we’re so familiar with today were introduced in the United States during 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, selling for ten cents each. 
via Flickr, Chango Blanco’s Photostream

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two young men, one eating a banana]

The sweet, yellow bananas that we’re so familiar with today were introduced in the United States during 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, selling for ten cents each.

via Flickr, Chango Blanco’s Photostream

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a large, oddly-shaped potato], Scammell

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a large, oddly-shaped potato], Scammell

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

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