ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter 
via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C.¬†Schaarw√§chter

via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1870-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of Eva Slater wearing an Egyptian inspired stage costume], Webster & Albee.
via the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923

ca. 1870-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of Eva Slater wearing an Egyptian inspired stage costume], Webster & Albee.

via the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Treasures of the American Performing Arts 1875-1923

ca. 1880, [cabinet card, portrait of a man winning a mock sword fight with the other], O. C. Smith
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1880, [cabinet card, portrait of a man winning a mock sword fight with the other], O. C. Smith

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery: 36

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]
via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress, Eliza Logan, earnestly praying in a white dress]

via Harvard University, Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library

ca. 1886, [cabinet card, portrait of Boylston Beal of Harvard University, demurely posed in a dress for a Hasty Pudding Club’s show], Pach Bros.
via Harvard University Libraries, Harvard University Archives

ca. 1886, [cabinet card, portrait of Boylston Beal of Harvard University, demurely posed in a dress for a Hasty Pudding Club’s show], Pach Bros.

via Harvard University Libraries, Harvard University Archives

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress Kate Vance, wearing jewelry, lace gloves and a slight smile]
via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of actress Kate Vance, wearing jewelry, lace gloves and a slight smile]

via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three costumed performers]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a costumed couple with white masks]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of a costumed couple with white masks]

via Ebay

ca. 1870, “The Stage Beauty”, [carte de vsite portrait of a stage actress in ornate costume]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870, “The Stage Beauty”, [carte de vsite portrait of a stage actress in ornate costume]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly an actor, reading a newspaper, wearing a skull cap and a plaid suit]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman, possibly an actor, reading a newspaper, wearing a skull cap and a plaid suit]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1870-79, [tintype portrait of a pantomimist]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1870-79, [tintype portrait of a pantomimist]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1860, “Professor Palmer’s Office”, [Medical stage show]
via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

ca. 1860, “Professor Palmer’s Office”, [Medical stage show]

via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

ca. 1870-79, [tintype portrait of a pantomimist]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1870-79, [tintype portrait of a pantomimist]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

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