ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine 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. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of four men; one with his instrument, two with their canes, one with his sass on the bear skin rug]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of four men; one with his instrument, two with their canes, one with his sass on the bear skin rug]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt ambrotype portrait of a man holding his concertina]
via Bryan & Page Ginns’ Stereographica Antique Photographica

ca. 1860s, [hand gilt ambrotype portrait of a man holding his concertina]

via Bryan & Page Ginns’ Stereographica Antique Photographica

ca. 1850-60s, [tintype portrait  tintype of a young woman posed with a her rocking melodeon]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [tintype portrait tintype of a young woman posed with a her rocking melodeon]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled guitar player], J.D. Strunk
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a bespectacled guitar player], J.D. Strunk

via Ebay

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young banjo player with his two companions]
via Capitol Gallery, Fine Photographic Art, Ambrotypes

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young banjo player with his two companions]

via Capitol Gallery, Fine Photographic Art, Ambrotypes

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with an accordion], City Mart Photographic Gallery
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with an accordion], City Mart Photographic Gallery

via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860-70’s, [ambrotype portrait of a fiddler with his violin; a slip of paper accompanying it reads “Harva Armis Cousin of Newman Armis all of New Hamsher”]
via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [ambrotype portrait of a fiddler with his violin; a slip of paper accompanying it reads “Harva Armis Cousin of Newman Armis all of New Hamsher”]

via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-1890’s, [carte de visite portrait of a musician hard at work with his beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay guitar]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Card & Carte de Visite Catalogue

ca. 1860-1890’s, [carte de visite portrait of a musician hard at work with his beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay guitar]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Card & Carte de Visite Catalogue

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite, portrait of a mutton chopped luthier working on a violin]
via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite, portrait of a mutton chopped luthier working on a violin]

via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a fiddler]
via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a fiddler]

via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustachioed musician holding his flute]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustachioed musician holding his flute]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with his bass], R. Webber, Delabole & Tintagel
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with his bass], R. Webber, Delabole & Tintagel

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-80, [cabinet card, portrait of two costumed performers, possibly of a Wild West-type show], Hennepin Studio
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80, [cabinet card, portrait of two costumed performers, possibly of a Wild West-type show], Hennepin Studio

via Cowan’s Auctions

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