ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a patriotic young lady holding an American flag stenciled with North Carolina or South Carolina (only “TH CAROLINA” is visible due to the furl of the flag).]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a patriotic young lady holding an American flag stenciled with North Carolina or South Carolina (only “TH CAROLINA” is visible due to the furl of the flag).]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young child with a banner, “three cheers for the flag”], James Girard Smith
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young child with a banner, “three cheers for the flag”], James Girard Smith

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860-70’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a very serious young patriot with an American flag]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a very serious young patriot with an American flag]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a child holding an American flag], Chalmers & Wolfe
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a child holding an American flag], Chalmers & Wolfe

via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860’s, [red and blue hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young soldier wearing a patriotic cockade and an embroidered shirt worked with numerous Masonic symbols]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [red and blue hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young soldier wearing a patriotic cockade and an embroidered shirt worked with numerous Masonic symbols]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a stuffed eagle at Independence Hall, Philadelphia], William G. Mason
via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a stuffed eagle at Independence Hall, Philadelphia], William G. Mason

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1898, [cabinet card, portrait of a young girl dressed in a sailor’s uniform with “USS Maine” printed on the hat band], Paley
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, Albumen and Silver Prints Collection

ca. 1898, [cabinet card, portrait of a young girl dressed in a sailor’s uniform with “USS Maine” printed on the hat band], Paley

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, Albumen and Silver Prints Collection

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of two gentlemen, one with a barrel containing two puppies, and one with an American flag]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of two gentlemen, one with a barrel containing two puppies, and one with an American flag]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1898, “Our country-Uncle Sam”, Joseph Randall Blanchard
via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

ca. 1898, “Our country-Uncle Sam”, Joseph Randall Blanchard

via the Library of Congress, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand

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