ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1896, [cabinet card, portrait of a well-dressed young man posed confidently with his bicycle], Cooke
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1896, [cabinet card, portrait of a well-dressed young man posed confidently with his bicycle], Cooke

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1881, [carte de visite portrait of Gus Grab, champion athlete], “Won by Mr. Gus Grab/Amateur. Championship of New York”
via the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover

ca. 1881, [carte de visite portrait of Gus Grab, champion athlete], “Won by Mr. Gus Grab/Amateur. Championship of New York”

via the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover

ca. 1870s-90s, [Early sports cabinet card of a dashing young athlete from Buffalo], Bliss Bros.
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-90s, [Early sports cabinet card of a dashing young athlete from Buffalo], Bliss Bros.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of ballet dancer Isolina Torri], Tomlinson
via the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923 
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. 1870’s, “John M. Stout: Champion Fancy Star Bicycle Rider of the World”, Earle
via Be-hold Gallery, Fine Photographs

ca. 1870’s, “John M. Stout: Champion Fancy Star Bicycle Rider of the World”, Earle

via Be-hold Gallery, Fine Photographs

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of performers Julian and Paul Martinetti], James Landy
via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of performers Julian and Paul Martinetti], James Landy

via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [cabinet card of boxer Peter Jackson in boxing outfit]

Peter Jackson, also called the Black Prince, was born on Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, and emigrated as a young deck hand to Australia, working on the Sydney Docks. While serving on a ship he quelled a mutiny with his fists, which brought him to the attention of promoter Larry Foley and started his career in boxing. He became a bare knuckle boxer and won the Australian Heavyweight championship in 1886.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [cabinet card of boxer Peter Jackson in boxing outfit]

Peter Jackson, also called the Black Prince, was born on Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, and emigrated as a young deck hand to Australia, working on the Sydney Docks. While serving on a ship he quelled a mutiny with his fists, which brought him to the attention of promoter Larry Foley and started his career in boxing. He became a bare knuckle boxer and won the Australian Heavyweight championship in 1886.

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1870-80’s, [cabinet card of an unusual high wheeled tricycle by Victor Tricycle Makers], Overman Wheel Co.
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [cabinet card of an unusual high wheeled tricycle by Victor Tricycle Makers], Overman Wheel Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a woman riding side-saddle on her horse]
via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a woman riding side-saddle on her horse]

via Capitol Gallery, 19th Century Hard Images

ca. 1850, “The Fisherman”, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with a pipe and fishing pole], William C. North
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850, “The Fisherman”, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with a pipe and fishing pole], William C. North

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1880-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a woman on a prop studio horse]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Tintype Collection

ca. 1880-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a woman on a prop studio horse]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Tintype Collection

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card portrait of sharpshooter Seth Clover wearing medals]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [cabinet card portrait of sharpshooter Seth Clover wearing medals]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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