ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

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. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]
via Ebay Auctions

ca. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]

via Ebay Auctions

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. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1875, [tintype portrait, with an accidental double exposure, of three women]
via I Photo Central, from Charles Schwartz

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait, with an accidental double exposure, of three women]

via I Photo Central, from Charles Schwartz

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of four men; one with his instrument, two with their canes, one with his sass on the bear skin rug]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of four men; one with his instrument, two with their canes, one with his sass on the bear skin rug]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

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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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