ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy with his rifle], G. D. Morse, San Francisco
via Artfact, Early American Auctions

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy with his rifle], G. D. Morse, San Francisco

via Artfact, Early American Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait capturing a group of ten rough-and-tumble cowboys, who appear fresh off the range] 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait capturing a group of ten rough-and-tumble cowboys, who appear fresh off the range]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of Gertie Granville, trick shooter, posing with her rifle and one foot on a stuffed deer. She wears a leopard skin top with a matching hunting bag], Houseworth’s Celebrities
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of Gertie Granville, trick shooter, posing with her rifle and one foot on a stuffed deer. She wears a leopard skin top with a matching hunting bag], Houseworth’s Celebrities

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a cowboy with a Starr revolver tucked inside his fringed pants]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a cowboy with a Starr revolver tucked inside his fringed pants]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a heavily armed gentleman, with two pistols in his pants and a rifle in his hands]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a heavily armed gentleman, with two pistols in his pants and a rifle in his hands]

via Ebay

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861-65, [tintype portrait of Pennsylvania Zouave soldiers in a field]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

ca. 1861-65, [tintype portrait of Pennsylvania Zouave soldiers in a field]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney outdoors with a bear pelt, fancy hat, and a rifle]
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney outdoors with a bear pelt, fancy hat, and a rifle]

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet cart, portrait of sharpshooter  Bo Durtha, with her a single shot tip-up rifle and a mirror for over-the-shoulder trick shooting]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet cart, portrait of sharpshooter Bo Durtha, with her a single shot tip-up rifle and a mirror for over-the-shoulder trick shooting]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, staged hold-up of a couple perpetrated by another woman], H. N. Kent
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, staged hold-up of a couple perpetrated by another woman], H. N. Kent

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

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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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