ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of actress Isabelle Urquhart in witch or sorceress costume, posed before a dark, Romantic backdrop], Falk
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of actress Isabelle Urquhart in witch or sorceress costume, posed before a dark, Romantic backdrop], Falk

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1894, “Saku-bona!-mushla Xmas, mushla New Year”, [cabinet card originating from Durban (sic), Natal, South Africa; studio portrait of a woman sitting on the moon]via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Jack M. Ord, LL/38930 

ca. 1894, “Saku-bona!-mushla Xmas, mushla New Year”, [cabinet card originating from Durban (sic), Natal, South Africa; studio portrait of a woman sitting on the moon]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Jack M. Ord, LL/38930 

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]
via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]

via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1870-1900’s, [carte de visite portrait of “Mr. Bells”]
via Ordinary Light

ca. 1870-1900’s, [carte de visite portrait of “Mr. Bells”]

via Ordinary Light

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]
via Ordinary Light

ca. 1870, “The Downs By Moonlight”, [carte de visite portrait of a couple by moonlit waters]

via Ordinary Light

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]
via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1878, “U.S. Boxers”, [tintype portrait of a team in uniform]

via Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs

ca. 1888, “The Moon, August 21st, 1888—From negatives made with the great telescope of the Lick Observatory”, Isaiah West Taber
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1888, “The Moon, August 21st, 1888—From negatives made with the great telescope of the Lick Observatory”, Isaiah West Taber

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

c. 1900, [portrait of a couple in front of a paper moon]
via Harvard University, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Department of Photographs

c. 1900, [portrait of a couple in front of a paper moon]

via Harvard University, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Department of Photographs

ca. 1890, “Full Moon”, H. Draper,  Published by C. Bierstadt for Underwood and Underwood
via the History of Photography Archive, Flickr

ca. 1890, “Full Moon”, H. Draper, Published by C. Bierstadt for Underwood and Underwood

via the History of Photography Archive, Flickr

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