ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]

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. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of two well-armed frontiersmen in winter garb including snowshoes, with bed rolls, knives, and revolvers; both wear snow goggles]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of two well-armed frontiersmen in winter garb including snowshoes, with bed rolls, knives, and revolvers; both wear snow goggles]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, presumably blind, wearing darkened glasses]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, presumably blind, wearing darkened glasses]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860-90, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly blind, with tinted glasses and an open leather satchel] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly blind, with tinted glasses and an open leather satchel]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-1880, [tintype portrait of a bespectacled and bearded gentleman wearing a rich paisley robe, a floral cap and a large, hand-tinted cravat]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-1880, [tintype portrait of a bespectacled and bearded gentleman wearing a rich paisley robe, a floral cap and a large, hand-tinted cravat]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two women embracing, one wearing tinted spectacles]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1840’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two women embracing, one wearing tinted spectacles]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, unusual portrait of a bespectacled gentleman holding both a cat and a dog], Home Photo Co. 
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Cabinet Card Collection

ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, unusual portrait of a bespectacled gentleman holding both a cat and a dog], Home Photo Co.

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Cabinet Card Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a elderly woman holding spectacles with a young girl who appears to be cross-eyed]
via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a elderly woman holding spectacles with a young girl who appears to be cross-eyed]

via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card of two women sitting at a table examining a starfish and other specimens using magnifiers], J.R. Thomas
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card of two women sitting at a table examining a starfish and other specimens using magnifiers], J.R. Thomas

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a bespectacled gentleman, handwritten on verso: “Present from dear George”]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a bespectacled gentleman, handwritten on verso: “Present from dear George”]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young lady wearing spectacles]
via Harvard College Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1856-1910, [tintype portrait of a young lady wearing spectacles]

via Harvard College Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, possibly blind, wearing dark glasses and a plaid dress], J.P. Blessing & Co. 
via the Southern Methodist University, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, possibly blind, wearing dark glasses and a plaid dress], J.P. Blessing & Co.

via the Southern Methodist University, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, presumably blind, with dark glasses], J. P. Blessing & Bro.
via the Southern Methodist University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, presumably blind, with dark glasses], J. P. Blessing & Bro.

via the Southern Methodist University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1861, [Tintype portrait of Joseph Smith, with his tenor horn, of Evansville, Wisconsin, member of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry band]
via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Edwin O. Kimberley: Regimental Band, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry Photographs Collection

ca. 1861, [Tintype portrait of Joseph Smith, with his tenor horn, of Evansville, Wisconsin, member of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry band]

via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Edwin O. Kimberley: Regimental Band, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry Photographs Collection

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