ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890s, [cabinet card, portrait of a girl, identified on verso as ‘Stella Flynn,’ with her nun doll]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a young women wearing a large cross and a gorgeous dress], Henrici & Garns
via the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a young women wearing a large cross and a gorgeous dress], Henrici & Garns

via the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

ca. 1840s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young lady praying]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery 36

ca. 1840s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young lady praying]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery 36

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of gentlemen, possibly a part of the Knights Templar fraternal order, wearing an unusual disc-covered jacket, and holding a sword, mask, and hat]
via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of gentlemen, possibly a part of the Knights Templar fraternal order, wearing an unusual disc-covered jacket, and holding a sword, mask, and hat]

via Be-Hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]
via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]

via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait of a nun]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait of a nun]

via Ebay

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of an older woman with an open hand gesture]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, propped up with pillows on a bed, holding a large book]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman, propped up with pillows on a bed, holding a large book]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1840-60, [Daguerreotype portrait of an unusually posed pair, identified on verso as Jacob and Thomas Kesey. The boy appears to be wearing a modified naval uniform with Christian iconography]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [Daguerreotype portrait of an unusually posed pair, identified on verso as Jacob and Thomas Kesey. The boy appears to be wearing a modified naval uniform with Christian iconography]

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

ca. 1880’s, [ambrotype portrait, housed in a kiri-wood case, of a gentleman wearing a traditional Shinto priest’s robe and cap] 

"It should be noted that the attire worn by Shinto priests and that worn by Sumo ring judges (called "gyoji") are almost identical, although the gyoji did not start using this costume until 1910."

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1880’s, [ambrotype portrait, housed in a kiri-wood case, of a gentleman wearing a traditional Shinto priest’s robe and cap]

"It should be noted that the attire worn by Shinto priests and that worn by Sumo ring judges (called "gyoji") are almost identical, although the gyoji did not start using this costume until 1910."

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding, and pointing to, a large book, possibly the Bible]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding, and pointing to, a large book, possibly the Bible]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1850, [post mortem daguerreotype of a clergyman in his casket]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1850, [post mortem daguerreotype of a clergyman in his casket]

via the International Center of Photography

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