ca. 1880-90s, [tintype portrait of a dispassionate tambourine player]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90s, [tintype portrait of a dispassionate tambourine player]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]
via Cowan’s Auctions
Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]

via Cowan’s Auctions

Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood
via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood

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

ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]

via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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

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

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]
via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]

via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of three butchers preparing a steer]. Alfred Atkinson

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-1900s, [photographer’s advertising card, featuring a clown wearing cabinet cards and a young girl holding a banner], Ed W. Hans

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

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