ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a gent with his cat]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a gent with his cat]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a raccoon hugging a dog], Bracy

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a young lady holding a dog in her lap]
via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a young lady holding a dog in her lap]

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

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of gentleman sporting sideburns and holding a puppy]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man cradling a tiny monkey]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man cradling a tiny monkey]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child riding in a small dog-pulled carriage]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a child riding in a small dog-pulled carriage]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a kitten sleeping in a basket]
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a kitten sleeping in a basket]

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded gent, perhaps a retired sailor, with tiny monkey perched on his shoulder], Cayol Freres Marseille
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite portrait of a bearded gent, perhaps a retired sailor, with tiny monkey perched on his shoulder], Cayol Freres Marseille

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman with a monkey]
via דודdavid’s Flickr, Nelson-Atkin Museum of Art Photostream

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman with a monkey]

via דודdavid’s Flickr, Nelson-Atkin Museum of Art Photostream

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of a man cradling his dog]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870’s, [tintype portrait of a man cradling his dog]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]   
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]  

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a woman riding side-saddle on her horse]
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a woman riding side-saddle on her horse]

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

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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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