ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1890s-1900s, [cabinet card portrait of a handsome young carpenter posed with the tools of his trade], J. W. Replogle

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

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. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of a young surveyor leaning on Meneely Wye Level tripod]
via the Daguerreian Society, W. J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1852, [daguerreotype portrait of a young surveyor leaning on Meneely Wye Level tripod]

via the Daguerreian Society, W. J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman posed with an unidentified patent model]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman posed with an unidentified patent model]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [cabinet card, portrait of a frame maker with his tools], A. L. Walline
via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90, [cabinet card, portrait of a frame maker with his tools], A. L. Walline

via Be-Hold Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a bearded carpenter or shipwright, smoking a pipe, and holding a large square, compass, and the head of a large adze. A saw also leans against his leg]
via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a bearded carpenter or shipwright, smoking a pipe, and holding a large square, compass, and the head of a large adze. A saw also leans against his leg]

via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [tintype occupational portrait of a pair of mechanics holding wrenches]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s-80’s, [tintype occupational portrait of a pair of mechanics holding wrenches]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a dentist with his tools and a patient]
via the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a dentist with his tools and a patient]

via the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery

ca. 1860-80’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a pair of plumbers with a variety of tools at their feet]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [occupational tintype portrait of a pair of plumbers with a variety of tools at their feet]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of two gentlemen, one with a saw, the other, a hammer]
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 two gentlemen, one with a saw, the other, a hammer]

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

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his stereoview camera]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman with his stereoview camera]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a young English student with his microscope]
via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a young English student with his microscope]

via Stereographica, Antique Photographica

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two women posed with a camera box]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of two women posed with a camera box]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of a miner with his equipment],  J.W. Wilder
via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1870-80’s, [cabinet card, occupational portrait of a miner with his equipment], J.W. Wilder

via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a watchmaker with his tools]
via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a watchmaker with his tools]

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

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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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