ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of four blind musicians]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of three young circus performers in costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [advertising cabinet card of a young woman holding signage and hawking newspapers for ‘The Register,’ 1861-1894], Freeman

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880, [carte de viste portrait of Zumigo, side show performer, in fancy dress], Chas. Eisenmann
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection

ca. 1880, [carte de viste portrait of Zumigo, side show performer, in fancy dress], Chas. Eisenmann

via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of strong man performer Herbert Bosworth and an admirer]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Harvard Theater Collection

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [two men, possibly performers, with face and body hair], D.J. Wilkes of Baltimore.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860s,  “Prof. Hutchinson’s Performing Dogs, Punch, Dash, and Toby,” [carte de visite portrait]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s,  “Prof. Hutchinson’s Performing Dogs, Punch, Dash, and Toby,” [carte de visite portrait]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1893-94, [cabinet card, portrait of ‘Unzie the Albino’], Frank Wendt

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

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