ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in front of a hand painted mountainous backdrop]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of a young man with his steam piano]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [ambrotype portrait of a young man with his steam piano]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera bag]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his camera bag]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a brick mason holding a trowel], Thomas J. Higgins
via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,Peter Palmquist Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1859, [daguerreotype portrait of a brick mason holding a trowel], Thomas J. Higgins

via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,Peter Palmquist Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1850-60’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustached gentleman in a polka-dot tie and wide-brimmed straw hat]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1850-60’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mustached gentleman in a polka-dot tie and wide-brimmed straw hat]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing bemedaled man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing bemedaled man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of two bicycle delivery men in uniform, posed with their high wheelers] 

"[The bicycle on the left is an] American Star safety high wheeler, which featured the smaller wheel in front in order to combat the common problem of being thrown over the handlebars following a sudden stop or unexpected bump."

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880’s, [tintype portrait of two bicycle delivery men in uniform, posed with their high wheelers]

"[The bicycle on the left is an] American Star safety high wheeler, which featured the smaller wheel in front in order to combat the common problem of being thrown over the handlebars following a sudden stop or unexpected bump."

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with large beard, wearing hat, work shirt, horizontal striped miner shirt]
via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with large beard, wearing hat, work shirt, horizontal striped miner shirt]

via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R. Isenburg Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of an artist gentleman holding a paintbrush, wearing an apron with creative hand tinting]
via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of an artist gentleman holding a paintbrush, wearing an apron with creative hand tinting]

via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of two gold miners, one in an anchor patterned shirt, one with a large beard]
via the Oakland Museum of California

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of two gold miners, one in an anchor patterned shirt, one with a large beard]

via the Oakland Museum of California

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier wearing a plaid shirt and a holstered pistol. He carries a large bedroll, a percussion rifle and a kepi with the letters “4 SLG” for the 4th Sumter Light Guards]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier wearing a plaid shirt and a holstered pistol. He carries a large bedroll, a percussion rifle and a kepi with the letters “4 SLG” for the 4th Sumter Light Guards]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company  
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of A.C. Weyhing, pitcher for Philadelphia Athletics, from the Old Judge series for Old Judge Cigarettes], Goodwin & Company 

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings and Prints Collection

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a blind gentleman holding a cat]
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a blind gentleman holding a cat]

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

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