ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [hand tinted tintype portrait of a child and a companion]

via Ebay

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a man clutching three umbrellas]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-80s, [tintype portrait of two icemen with cold stares]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1900s-10s, [tintype portrait of a serious looking gent with a pipe and a rifle, posed in front of a painted nautical backdrop]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [tintype portrait of a straight-faced young girl posed with her excitable dog]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]
via Ebay Auctions

ca. 1880-1900s, [set of three tintype portraits of men embracing]

via Ebay Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a reclining gentleman]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a reclining gentleman]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two guitarists]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of a man sharing the last of his drink with the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype of a possible double-exposure, or two people playing the roles of a suitor and love interest]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait, with an accidental double exposure, of three women]
via I Photo Central, from Charles Schwartz

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait, with an accidental double exposure, of three women]

via I Photo Central, from Charles Schwartz

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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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