ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]

via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90s, [tintype landscape of oil derricks and workers]
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1880-90s, [tintype landscape of oil derricks and workers]

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [gilded tintype portrait of a lounging gymnast or circus artist]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a conspicuously mustachioed gentleman with a jaunty hat]
via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a conspicuously mustachioed gentleman with a jaunty hat]

via J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a gent with his cat]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of a gent with his cat]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of two men messing around]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two men; one sewing the other’s trousers]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of two men; one sewing the other’s trousers]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]
via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]

via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

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

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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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