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. 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. 1890, [outdoor tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and a woman named Flora in a wooded area], Naramore Photographer
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1890, [outdoor tintype portrait of Lilla Denno Kenney and a woman named Flora in a wooded area], Naramore Photographer

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1869, [ambrotype portrait of a woman, gentleman, and driver in horse-drawn carriage at Niagara Falls]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1869, [ambrotype portrait of a woman, gentleman, and driver in horse-drawn carriage at Niagara Falls]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

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. 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. 1860-1880’s, [tintype portrait of a smokey, wooded campsite, possibly a Union or Confederate encampment]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-1880’s, [tintype portrait of a smokey, wooded campsite, possibly a Union or Confederate encampment]

via Ebay

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman at Niagara Falls]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

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