ca. 1860s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man sporting a provocative hairstyle]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s, [hand tinted ambrotype portrait of a young man sporting a provocative hairstyle]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of man with a leather apron], Brown & Otto
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of man with a leather apron], Brown & Otto

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