ca. 1894, “Saku-bona!-mushla Xmas, mushla New Year”, [cabinet card originating from Durban (sic), Natal, South Africa; studio portrait of a woman sitting on the moon]via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Jack M. Ord, LL/38930 

ca. 1894, “Saku-bona!-mushla Xmas, mushla New Year”, [cabinet card originating from Durban (sic), Natal, South Africa; studio portrait of a woman sitting on the moon]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Jack M. Ord, LL/38930 

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Ann Howard, the “Tattooed Lady”], G.F. Sterling
via  Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1880, [cabinet card portrait of Ann Howard, the “Tattooed Lady”], G.F. Sterling

via Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center, Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]   
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of pampered-looking dog, wearing a collar with a tiny padlock attached to it, seated in fancy studio chair before an elaborately painted backdrop]  

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of two cloaked ladies smiling demurely from behind a palm fan]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of two cloaked ladies smiling demurely from behind a palm fan]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1875, [studio tintype of a staged group suicide]  
via Luminous Lint, from the Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes

ca. 1875, [studio tintype of a staged group suicide] 

via Luminous Lint, from the Andrew Daneman collection of American Tintypes

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, “a teacher with students” at a blackboard], The English Studio, Baku
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey, LL/44895

ca. 1870-1900’s, [cabinet card, “a teacher with students” at a blackboard], The English Studio, Baku

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey, LL/44895

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a gentlemen peering from behind a studio window prop]
via Ebay

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a gentlemen peering from behind a studio window prop]

via Ebay

ca. 1880-1890’s, [cabinet card studio portrait of a gentleman accompanying a girl riding a pony], Witter
via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Grignon, Lawe and Porlier Papers Collection

ca. 1880-1890’s, [cabinet card studio portrait of a gentleman accompanying a girl riding a pony], Witter

via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Grignon, Lawe and Porlier Papers Collection

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. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, staged hold-up of a couple perpetrated by another woman], H. N. Kent
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, staged hold-up of a couple perpetrated by another woman], H. N. Kent

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1900’s, [studio tintype portrait of a couple in swim wear]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]
via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1865-1910, [tintype portrait of a couple seated in front of a paper moon]

via Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Museum

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [tintype portrait of a young boy, likely the photographer’s son, playing in the studio among head clamps, paint, and photographic supplies]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-90’s, [tintype portrait of a young boy, likely the photographer’s son, playing in the studio among head clamps, paint, and photographic supplies]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [studio tintype of a mock hanging]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [studio tintype of a mock hanging]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a young lady in a rain poncho]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a young lady in a rain poncho]

via Ebay

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