ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a mother tenderly embracing her child]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Ambrotype Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Ebay

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney holding Hazel May Kenney], Kenney Brothers Art Studio
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney holding Hazel May Kenney], Kenney Brothers Art Studio

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple
via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple

via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of a mother and her child, posed cheek to cheek]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860, [tintype portrait of a mother and her child, posed cheek to cheek]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of a theatrically posed and costumed boy with a jaunty hat, standing beside a complacent woman]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of a theatrically posed and costumed boy with a jaunty hat, standing beside a complacent woman]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mother and daughter]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mother and daughter]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-80, [ambrotype portrait of a mother cradling her deceased child]
via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-80, [ambrotype portrait of a mother cradling her deceased child]

via Be-Hold Fine 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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