ca. 1854, [beautifully hand painted daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman], John Jabez Edwin Mayall
via  Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photograph

ca. 1854, [beautifully hand painted daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman], John Jabez Edwin Mayall

via  Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photograph

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]
via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]

via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype  portrait of a women with her nine-string bango]
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection
ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [ambrotype portrait of a shy looking child in an ornate chair]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of  a father posed with his young daughter]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man at the reins of a nicely built dog-drawn cart]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of  a young photographer who appears to be hand coloring or retouching his work; hand written on verso “Photographer stranger”]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of  a young photographer who appears to be hand coloring or retouching his work; hand written on verso “Photographer stranger”]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man, possibly a student, wearing a sweater wrap and holding a pointer, whip, or baton], Becker’s Gallery
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man, possibly a student, wearing a sweater wrap and holding a pointer, whip, or baton], Becker’s Gallery

via Cowan’s Auctions

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