ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of an unidentified private presenting two fingers of tobacco and preparing to indulge in a chew]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of an unidentified private presenting two fingers of tobacco and preparing to indulge in a chew]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and smoking a cigar]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and smoking a cigar]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

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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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