ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley
via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley

via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

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. 1860, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Vintage-Photos

ca. 1860, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Vintage-Photos

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple
via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple

via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-80’s, [mysterious tintype portrait of child and shrouded mother]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [mysterious tintype portrait of child and shrouded mother]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of an infant in a white dress]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of an infant in a white dress]

via Ebay

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a child]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a child]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, hidden-mother tintype portrait of a baby]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, hidden-mother tintype portrait of a baby]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Ebay

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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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