ca.1863, [tintype portrait of an unidentified Native American man, possibly Iowa Chief Black Hawk] A. Zeno Shindler
via Heritage Auctions

ca.1863, [tintype portrait of an unidentified Native American man, possibly Iowa Chief Black Hawk] A. Zeno Shindler

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ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of five Native American men posed with a white man in Western attire]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of five Native American men posed with a white man in Western attire]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of an Iroquois man, probably Seneca, with applied hand-gilt detail]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of an Iroquois man, probably Seneca, with applied hand-gilt detail]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of Indian Chief Maungwudaus, Upper Canada], Donald McDonnell
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of Indian Chief Maungwudaus, Upper Canada], Donald McDonnell

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

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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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