ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young woman, possibly a performer, with a whip, a stuffed tiger, and lion; inked on recto “La Belle Louise”]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [carte de visite portrait of a young woman, possibly a performer, with a whip, a stuffed tiger, and lion; inked on recto “La Belle Louise”]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a “Monkey Fish of Japan”, one of many of such specimens created during the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular “merman” was later purchased by P.T. Barnum and shown at the Chinese and Japanese Warehouse on Regent Street in London], Gush and Fergusson
via Ordinary Light
More information: A BBC video on how the Horniman Museum’s monkey-fish was created.

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a “Monkey Fish of Japan”, one of many of such specimens created during the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular “merman” was later purchased by P.T. Barnum and shown at the Chinese and Japanese Warehouse on Regent Street in London], Gush and Fergusson

via Ordinary Light

More information: A BBC video on how the Horniman Museum’s monkey-fish was created.

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [carte de visite occupational portrait of a taxidermist with his animals]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [carte de visite occupational portrait of a taxidermist with his animals]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter and his dog, both sitting with a taxidermied bear looming menacingly behind], *Related: 1, 2
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter and his dog, both sitting with a taxidermied bear looming menacingly behind], *Related: 1, 2

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1880-1910, [tintype portrait of two western gentlemen playing chess, with a dog, more likely a taxidermied coyote or wolf, at their feet], Voss
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographs

ca. 1880-1910, [tintype portrait of two western gentlemen playing chess, with a dog, more likely a taxidermied coyote or wolf, at their feet], Voss

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographs

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of two Canadian trappers having a laugh], H.E. Moore
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of two Canadian trappers having a laugh], H.E. Moore

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a stuffed eagle at Independence Hall, Philadelphia], William G. Mason
via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype portrait of a stuffed eagle at Independence Hall, Philadelphia], William G. Mason

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1870-90’s, “In the Work Room”, [carte de visite portrait of taxidermist  M.A. Maxwell] 

"Maxwell is best known for her participation in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, in which she displayed her taxidermy mounts in realistic settings of the Rocky Mountains. She was photographed many times in both carte and cabinet style. Here she displays her Evans repeating rifle in both images."

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, “In the Work Room”, [carte de visite portrait of taxidermist M.A. Maxwell]

"Maxwell is best known for her participation in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, in which she displayed her taxidermy mounts in realistic settings of the Rocky Mountains. She was photographed many times in both carte and cabinet style. Here she displays her Evans repeating rifle in both images."

via Cowan’s Auctions

c. 1850’s, “Mountain Goat”, Louis-Jules Duboscq-Soleil
via I Photo Central

c. 1850’s, “Mountain Goat”, Louis-Jules Duboscq-Soleil

via I Photo Central

ca. 1876, [Philadelphia Centennial-Mammal Exhibit]
via the Smithsonian Institution Archives, History Division

ca. 1876, [Philadelphia Centennial-Mammal Exhibit]

via the Smithsonian Institution Archives, History Division

ca. 1873, “No. 2. Taxidermist’s Department of the Kansas Pacific Railway. Buffalo Heads used for advertising purposes”, Robert Benecke 
via the Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries: U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints Collection

ca. 1873, “No. 2. Taxidermist’s Department of the Kansas Pacific Railway. Buffalo Heads used for advertising purposes”, Robert Benecke

via the Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries: U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints Collection

ca. 1890, “Where Ignorance is Bliss”
via the Southern Methodist University, U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts and Imprints Collection

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