ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1896, “Whitney’s Bicycle Chain Protector”, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with displaying his patent model. On verso, a U.S. Patent Office stamp dated June 24, 1898]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1896, “Whitney’s Bicycle Chain Protector”, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with displaying his patent model. On verso, a U.S. Patent Office stamp dated June 24, 1898]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1875, [carte de visite portrait of a bare chested Frank Howard, the “American Tattooed Man”], Rich
via  Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1875, [carte de visite portrait of a bare chested Frank Howard, the “American Tattooed Man”], Rich

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

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]

via Ebay

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. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a mustachioed gentleman with his high wheel bicycle]
via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a mustachioed gentleman with his high wheel bicycle]

via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing bemedaled man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing bemedaled man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890, [portrait of a mustachioed city letter carrier posed in uniform]
via the Smithsonian Institute, Arago National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

ca. 1890, [portrait of a mustachioed city letter carrier posed in uniform]

via the Smithsonian Institute, Arago National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company  
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company 

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of Victor Prosper Considerant with books]
via the Southern Methodist University Central Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of Victor Prosper Considerant with books]

via the Southern Methodist University Central Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1860-80, [hand-tinted ambrotype portrait of Charles King Mallory in uniform]
via the Virginia Historical Society, Photographs Collection

ca. 1860-80, [hand-tinted ambrotype portrait of Charles King Mallory in uniform]

via the Virginia Historical Society, Photographs Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a mustachioed gentleman in profile, wearing a bowler hat]
via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a mustachioed gentleman in profile, wearing a bowler hat]

via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes Collection

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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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