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. 1860s-70s, [tintype portrait of George Custer’s photographer, William Frank Browne]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s-70s, [tintype portrait of George Custer’s photographer, William Frank Browne]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a hunter with his dog and gun]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Lee Gallery, LL/13962

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustachioed musician holding his flute]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustachioed musician holding his flute]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of W. & T. Bosshard, Courtesy of Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1860-1900, [tintype portrait of three bare-chested gentlemen]
via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-1900, [tintype portrait of three bare-chested gentlemen]

via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of Francis Jefferson Coates]





Coates enlisted on August 29, 1861, and served as a Corporal and Sergeant in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H. He was wounded at South Mountain (September 14, 1862) and lost both eyes at Gettysburg in 1863. He was awarded the rank of Brevet Captain and the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on September 1, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.





via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Small Formats Special Storage Lot

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of Francis Jefferson Coates]

Coates enlisted on August 29, 1861, and served as a Corporal and Sergeant in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H. He was wounded at South Mountain (September 14, 1862) and lost both eyes at Gettysburg in 1863. He was awarded the rank of Brevet Captain and the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on September 1, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.

via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Small Formats Special Storage Lot

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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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