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

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt, Civil War-era ambrotype portrait of a young woman proudly wearing a Union sash across her chest]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt, Civil War-era ambrotype portrait of a young woman proudly wearing a Union sash across her chest]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [hand colored, “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a girl]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, Be-Hold Gallery

ca. 1870s, [hand colored, “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a girl]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, Be-Hold Gallery

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man sporting a provocative hairstyle]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man sporting a provocative hairstyle]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype of a burning building, with applied color], “Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York,” George N. Barnard
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive,”Daguerrotypomania”

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype of a burning building, with applied color], “Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York,” George N. Barnard

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive,”Daguerrotypomania”

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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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