ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two men; one sewing the other’s trousers]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two men; one sewing the other’s trousers]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & Cabinet Cards

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1887, “Dramatis Personae…Fancy dress party,” [cabinet card, group portrait of four men; two dressed in formal attire, the others wear dresses hats, wigs, and stockings], Thomas D. Bowring

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of Lilla and Clinton Kenney], Naramore Photographer
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 
ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of an enigmatic figure with an obscuring umbrella]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35966 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of an enigmatic figure with an obscuring umbrella]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35966 

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card collage, portrait of a gentleman with his head in his hand], Barnum
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47889 

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card collage, portrait of a gentleman with his head in his hand], Barnum

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47889 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a man wearing a suit made out of newspapers]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35994 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a man wearing a suit made out of newspapers]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35994 

ca. 1860-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of tinsmiths fooling around], R. L. Kelly
via Luminous Lint, from Steven Evans Vintage Photography, LL/16548 

ca. 1860-1900’s, [cabinet card, portrait of tinsmiths fooling around], R. L. Kelly

via Luminous Lint, from Steven Evans Vintage Photography, LL/16548 

ca. 1885, [cabinet card, group portrait of four people, one gentleman faces away from the camera and wears a sign that reads “Gone to Dinner.”], Swan & Taylor 
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1885, [cabinet card, group portrait of four people, one gentleman faces away from the camera and wears a sign that reads “Gone to Dinner.”], Swan & Taylor

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young man fallen from his high wheel]
via Macrafly, Historic Curated Photography

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young man fallen from his high wheel]

via Macrafly, Historic Curated Photography

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite collage of a gentleman’s head on a plate]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47899 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite collage of a gentleman’s head on a plate]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47899 

ca. 1860-1900’s, [cabinet card collage of a women scolding the held head of another woman], Carl v. Gedde  via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47892 

ca. 1860-1900’s, [cabinet card collage of a women scolding the held head of another woman], Carl v. Gedde 

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47892 

ca. 1860’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a figure with a gentleman’s head superimposed onto a woman’s body], E.A. Scholfield
via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1860’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a figure with a gentleman’s head superimposed onto a woman’s body], E.A. Scholfield

via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

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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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