ca. 1855-60, [ambrotype portrait of a child on a rocking horse]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855-60, [ambrotype portrait of a child on a rocking horse]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1875, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a gentlemen with a picture of his horse]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a gentlemen with a picture of his horse]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of an eight-footed horse], Geo. M. Kealy 
via  Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs
ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a child, likely a circus performer, standing on two ponies], Frank Wendt
via  Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1890’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a child, likely a circus performer, standing on two ponies], Frank Wendt

via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1860-1880’s, [tintype portrait of a smokey, wooded campsite, possibly a Union or Confederate encampment]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-1880’s, [tintype portrait of a smokey, wooded campsite, possibly a Union or Confederate encampment]

via Ebay

ca. 1872, “Circus Performers” [carte de visite portrait of a dog on a pony’s back, in Jefferson, Texas], W.W. Sloan
via the  Southern Methodist University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1872, “Circus Performers” [carte de visite portrait of a dog on a pony’s back, in Jefferson, Texas], W.W. Sloan

via the Southern Methodist University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1890, [portrait of a woman riding a carved and mounted horse sidesaddle]
via Steven Evans Vintage Photography

ca. 1890, [portrait of a woman riding a carved and mounted horse sidesaddle]

via Steven Evans Vintage Photography

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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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