ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]
via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-70’s, [tinted ambrotype portrait of two musicians with their respective instruments]

via Macrafly, Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a freckled pastor or minister with a cross]

via Ebay

ca. 1845-50’s, [hand-tinted daguerreotype portrait of a blue eyed gentleman with an unbuttoned fly]
via Ebay

ca. 1845-50’s, [hand-tinted daguerreotype portrait of a blue eyed gentleman with an unbuttoned fly]

via Ebay

ca. 1868, [ambrotype portrait of a melancholy woman, identified in the case as Anna Millianz, with long hair and a cap]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1868, [ambrotype portrait of a melancholy woman, identified in the case as Anna Millianz, with long hair and a cap]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

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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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