ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young boy, identified on verso as “Hermie Downer”, with a stereoscope], Edward Abraham Kusel
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 boy, identified on verso as “Hermie Downer”, with a stereoscope], Edward Abraham Kusel

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 boy with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel
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 boy with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel

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 girl with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel
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 girl with a steroscope], Edward Abraham Kusel

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

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co. 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Henrietta “Lilla” Kenney seated with a stereograph viewer], Halifax Photographic Company
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [cabinet card, portrait of Henrietta “Lilla” Kenney seated with a stereograph viewer], Halifax Photographic Company

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

ca. 1893, “The Haunted Lovers”, Underwood and Underwood
via I Photo Central

ca. 1893, “The Haunted Lovers”, Underwood and Underwood

via I Photo Central

ca. 1890, “Full Moon”, H. Draper,  Published by C. Bierstadt for Underwood and Underwood
via the History of Photography Archive, Flickr

ca. 1890, “Full Moon”, H. Draper, Published by C. Bierstadt for Underwood and Underwood

via the History of Photography Archive, Flickr

ca. 1901, “Greatness Series: ‘Some are born great’, ‘Some achieve greatness’, ‘-And some have greatness thrust upon them.’”, Underwood & Underwood
via DepthandTime’s Photostream

ca. 1901, “Greatness Series: ‘Some are born great’, ‘Some achieve greatness’, ‘-And some have greatness thrust upon them.’”, Underwood & Underwood

via DepthandTime’s Photostream

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