ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, presumably blind, wearing darkened glasses]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, presumably blind, wearing darkened glasses]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a mechanic with a pipe]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of a mechanic with a pipe]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a disheveled looking man with his black lab]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a disheveled looking man with his black lab]

via Ebay

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of sideshow performer “Barney Baldwin—Broken Neck Wonder—The only living man in the history of the world with a broken neck”]
via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of sideshow performer “Barney Baldwin—Broken Neck Wonder—The only living man in the history of the world with a broken neck”]

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

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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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