ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood
via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood

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

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell
via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell

via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]
via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]

via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca. 1880, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman directing a skeleton],  Alphonse Bernoud

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Catalog no. 37

ca, 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a man, possibly a Civil War veteran, with missing limbs and a prosthetic leg]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca, 1860-70s, [carte de visite portrait of a man, possibly a Civil War veteran, with missing limbs and a prosthetic leg]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a large man posed with a smaller gent looking on], John Pitcher Spooner
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 large man posed with a smaller gent looking on], John Pitcher Spooner

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

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a girl with an elaborate hairstyle and a crossed eye]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a girl with an elaborate hairstyle and a crossed eye]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1890-1900, [tintype portrait of James Buckner ”Buck” Barry and Dr. Russell with their respective pipes]
via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1890-1900, [tintype portrait of James Buckner ”Buck” Barry and Dr. Russell with their respective pipes]

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing top hat and patch over left eye]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing top hat and patch over left eye]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1857, [ambrotype of a professor giving a medical lecture in Abington, Illinois]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, BeHold Fine Photographics

ca. 1857, [ambrotype of a professor giving a medical lecture in Abington, Illinois]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, BeHold Fine Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a girl with her doll and a crutch]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of circus performers; a giant woman and a man], I. W. Taber & Company
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of circus performers; a giant woman and a man], I. W. Taber & Company

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

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