ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of a long haired woman from behind], Thibault from Burlington, VT
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, portrait of a long haired woman from behind], Thibault from Burlington, VT

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy with his rifle], G. D. Morse, San Francisco
via Artfact, Early American Auctions

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy with his rifle], G. D. Morse, San Francisco

via Artfact, Early American Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [composite tintype of a “family bath scene”, with two gentlemens’ heads superimposed unto painted bodies]
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [composite tintype of a “family bath scene”, with two gentlemens’ heads superimposed unto painted bodies]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890’s, [tintype portrait of a prototypical tacky tourist, in fancy beach clothing and holding a white conch shell with an inset figurine. A beach resort is depicted on the studio backdrop.]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890’s, [tintype portrait of a prototypical tacky tourist, in fancy beach clothing and holding a white conch shell with an inset figurine. A beach resort is depicted on the studio backdrop.]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman posed with his Star safety bicycle]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman posed with his Star safety bicycle]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen atop a fake mule, posed in front of a painted San Francisco Cliff House backdrop]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen atop a fake mule, posed in front of a painted San Francisco Cliff House backdrop]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of a man with a rifle seated on a tree stump]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of a man with a rifle seated on a tree stump]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1850’s, [melancholy daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding child], Samuel Broadbent
via the Daguerreian Society, Grant Dinsmore Collection

ca. 1850’s, [melancholy daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding child], Samuel Broadbent

via the Daguerreian Society, Grant Dinsmore Collection

ca. 1870’s, [tintype studio portrait of a 5th Cavalry Indian Wars soldier]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1870’s, [tintype studio portrait of a 5th Cavalry Indian Wars soldier]

via Heritage 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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