ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, possibly blind, wearing dark glasses and a plaid dress], J.P. Blessing & Co. 
via the Southern Methodist University, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a woman, possibly blind, wearing dark glasses and a plaid dress], J.P. Blessing & Co.

via the Southern Methodist University, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a brick mason holding a trowel], Thomas J. Higgins
via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,Peter Palmquist Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a brick mason holding a trowel], Thomas J. Higgins

via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,Peter Palmquist Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a woman holding a framed picture], Joseph P. Lowe
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 woman holding a framed picture], Joseph P. Lowe

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

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of a well-armed gentleman with a pepper box pistol, Kentucky rifle and a top hat]
via Live Auctioneers, Be-hold

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of a well-armed gentleman with a pepper box pistol, Kentucky rifle and a top hat]

via Live Auctioneers, Be-hold

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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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