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. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a menacingly smiling gentleman]
via the Daguerreian Society, Julian Wolff Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a menacingly smiling gentleman]

via the Daguerreian Society, Julian Wolff Collection

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of an infant], T. P. Collins

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]
via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

ca. 1880’s, [portrait of Dr. Isreal P. Lecrone, M.D. in a rubberized suit with skull]

via Alex Peck’s Medical Archives

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. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

via Luminous Lint, Paul Frecker

ca. 1865, [portrait of a gentleman in a bonnet and muff], Bayard and Bertall

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]
via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1850, [ambrotype portrait of a leering Otto Natt and his family]

via the Digitalt Museum of Sweden

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1870-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of a man in a wonderful paisley costume]

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

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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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