ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

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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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