ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card portrait of a gentleman and his photographer’s hazy reflection], George Kraft

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-70s, “Mons. Kerr’s Mutation,” [carte de visite portrait of a man with his head at his feet]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, “Mons. Kerr’s Mutation,” [carte de visite portrait of a man with his head at his feet]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1875, [tintype portrait of an acrobat, striking a pose in his costume]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of an acrobat, striking a pose in his costume]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy, identified on verso as “Hermie Downer”, with a stereoscope], Edward Abraham Kusel
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 boy, identified on verso as “Hermie Downer”, with a stereoscope], Edward Abraham Kusel

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

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera, standing before a painted backdrop] 
via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera, standing before a painted backdrop]

via Artfact, Swann Auction Galleries

ca. 1841,[Unidentified Boy in Front of Painted Backdrop of US Capitol], Matthew D. Van Loan
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1841,[Unidentified Boy in Front of Painted Backdrop of US Capitol], Matthew D. Van Loan

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1899, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photography studio, wearing a dress with cabinet card portraits attached and hat made of cartes de visite for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, TX], Fayette W. Knight
via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1899, [cabinet card, portrait of woman advertising a photography studio, wearing a dress with cabinet card portraits attached and hat made of cartes de visite for the Trade Carnival in Greenville, TX], Fayette W. Knight

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel
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 boy with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel

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

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a stout man and small elephant, who balances precariously atop a stand and appears to be putting some treat in his mouth using his trunk], Nicholls
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a stout man and small elephant, who balances precariously atop a stand and appears to be putting some treat in his mouth using his trunk], Nicholls

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1860s, [post mortem tintype portrait in a coffin]
via Artfact, from the International Autograph Auctions

ca. 1860s, [post mortem tintype portrait in a coffin]

via Artfact, from the International Autograph Auctions

ca. 1890-1910, [albumen portrait of a child, apparently the photographer’s son, using a POCO A camera], Ralph E. Welch

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1890-1910, [albumen portrait of a child, apparently the photographer’s son, using a POCO A camera], Ralph E. Welch

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

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