ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1855, [outdoor daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [outdoor ambrotype portrait of a mother and her son]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

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

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of two dogs at their kennel]
via I Photo Central, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of two dogs at their kennel]

via I Photo Central, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of two gravediggers at a headstone]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of two gravediggers at a headstone]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney holding Hazel May Kenney], 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. 1890, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney holding Hazel May Kenney], 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. 1875, [outdoor tintype portrait of newsboys waiting in front of a hotel]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [outdoor tintype portrait of newsboys waiting in front of a hotel]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860, [ambrotype of a California gold mining town]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [ambrotype of a California gold mining town]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880-1910’s, [albumen print, outdoor portrait of a child with collection of dolls and stuffed animals]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of two women reading a map against a tree, with an unusual tandem tricycle parked nearby]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-1900, [cabinet card, outdoor portrait of two women reading a map against a tree, with an unusual tandem tricycle parked nearby]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of three tourists at Niagara Falls], Platt Babbitt
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of three tourists at Niagara Falls], Platt Babbitt

via Charles Schwartz Photography

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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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