ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co. 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a baby standing kissing his reflection], Hector William Vaughn
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a baby standing kissing his reflection], Hector William Vaughn

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

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