ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]
via Cowan’s Auctions
Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]

via Cowan’s Auctions

Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

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

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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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