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

ca. 1880-1890’s, [cabinet card studio portrait of a gentleman accompanying a girl riding a pony], Witter
via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Grignon, Lawe and Porlier Papers Collection

ca. 1880-1890’s, [cabinet card studio portrait of a gentleman accompanying a girl riding a pony], Witter

via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Grignon, Lawe and Porlier Papers Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of two moustachioed men with a dog]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman, possible a taxidermist, surrounded by stuffed owls], M.N. Tubbs
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35982 

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of a gentleman, possible a taxidermist, surrounded by stuffed owls], M.N. Tubbs

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35982 

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