ca. 1900, [carte de visite post mortem portrait of Joeseph Denno, Sr. Inscription on recto: ‘Joseph Denno Sr—after he was stabbed’; verso: ‘My father after he died…killed by Indians in Minnesota’], 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. 1900, [carte de visite post mortem portrait of Joeseph Denno, Sr. Inscription on recto: ‘Joseph Denno Sr—after he was stabbed’; verso: ‘My father after he died…killed by Indians in Minnesota’], 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. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in an unidentified or mostly fictionalized Eastern Woodlands Native American outfit, smoking a long pipe]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in an unidentified or mostly fictionalized Eastern Woodlands Native American outfit, smoking a long pipe]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a white couple dressed in fictional “Native American” costume, inscription on verso: “Camp of J.B. Maring & Miss Swineheart”] 
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a white couple dressed in fictional “Native American” costume, inscription on verso: “Camp of J.B. Maring & Miss Swineheart”]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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

via Heritage Auctions

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. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of Olive Oatman, Survivor of the Oatman Massacre and held five years in captivity by Yavapais indians]

"In 1851 Olive Oatman survived the brutal massacre of most of her family by the Yavapais in Arizona and was held in captivity for five years. While in captivity she was tattooed on her face and arms in the tribal tradition.”

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of Olive Oatman, Survivor of the Oatman Massacre and held five years in captivity by Yavapais indians]

"In 1851 Olive Oatman survived the brutal massacre of most of her family by the Yavapais in Arizona and was held in captivity for five years. While in captivity she was tattooed on her face and arms in the tribal tradition.”

via Heritage Auctions

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

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of five men in Native American dress, and one in western attire]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of five men in Native American dress, and one in western attire]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1850-60, [tintype portrait of an American Indian man wearing traditional clothing with three children]
via Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Western Americana Collection

ca. 1850-60, [tintype portrait of an American Indian man wearing traditional clothing with three children]

via Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Western Americana Collection

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