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

ca. 1880-90s, [tintype landscape of oil derricks and workers]
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1880-90s, [tintype landscape of oil derricks and workers]

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [occupational carte de visite portrait of a paleontologist or geologist studying a specimen with his microscope], W.A. Apgar

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student, with a human skull, a hefty book and a serious demeanor]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

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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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