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. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey
via Yale University’s Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1865-85, [carte de visite portrait of A. Kerpen, displaying his record breaking beard length], Foss & Halsey

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

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a man in full fraternal regalia],  D.B. Spooner & Co. of Springfield, Mass.
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a man in full fraternal regalia], D.B. Spooner & Co. of Springfield, Mass.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman resting his head on his hands], Woodworth

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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