ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a dispassionate smoker with a white clay pipe and a goatee]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [albumen portrait of of a clown juggler with a cigar in his mouth accompanied by a collection of saws, clubs, plates, daggers, balls, a ukelele, etc.], Barenblatt

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]

via Ebay

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young gentleman in a top hat smoking an elaborate pipe], T.A. Brown
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young gentleman in a top hat smoking an elaborate pipe], T.A. Brown

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of an unidentified gentleman enjoying a cigar]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of an unidentified gentleman enjoying a cigar]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1900, [portrait of  five medical students and/or teachers with a cadaver in a dissecting room]
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collection

ca. 1900, [portrait of five medical students and/or teachers with a cadaver in a dissecting room]

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collection

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of three brooding gentlemen smoking around a table], A. Van Overbeeke
via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

ca. 1860’s, [portrait of three brooding gentlemen smoking around a table], A. Van Overbeeke

via the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Daguerreobase

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