ca. 1860-80s, [double exposure carte de visite portrait of a man], Kempe and Gates
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-80s, [double exposure carte de visite portrait of a man], Kempe and Gates

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]
via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880-1900s, [cabinet card, portrait of an autodecapitant holding a knife in one hand and his head on a stick in the other]

via Capitol Gallery, Cdvs & Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880-90s, [multiple exposure cabinet card of “three gentleman” enjoying a beer and a smoke], A.  Heeb
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1880-90s, [multiple exposure cabinet card of “three gentleman” enjoying a beer and a smoke], A.  Heeb

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a figure with a gentleman’s head superimposed onto a woman’s body], E.A. Scholfield
via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1860’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a figure with a gentleman’s head superimposed onto a woman’s body], E.A. Scholfield

via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1860’s, [composite carte de visite portrait of E.A. Scholfield confronting himself], E.A. Scholfield
via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1860’s, [composite carte de visite portrait of E.A. Scholfield confronting himself], E.A. Scholfield

via Connecticut History Online, Mystic Seaport, Scholfield Collection

ca. 1885, [carte de visite of an elaborate photomontage composed of at least five different images, including a cavalry swordsman on wooden horse and a severed living head], Victor Coue
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery Cataloge #35

ca. 1885, [carte de visite of an elaborate photomontage composed of at least five different images, including a cavalry swordsman on wooden horse and a severed living head], Victor Coue

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery Cataloge #35

ca. 1900, [trick tintype portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney holding his own decapitated head], Cornelius C. Kenney
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [trick tintype portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney holding his own decapitated head], Cornelius C. Kenney

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [trick portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney playing chess with his double], Kenney Bros.
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [trick portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney playing chess with his double], Kenney Bros.

via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1860-90’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a gentleman handing his double some papers], J. Cremer & Co.
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90’s, [trick carte de visite portrait of a gentleman handing his double some papers], J. Cremer & Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1899, [Countess Greffulhe embracing her own double], Otto Wegener
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collection

ca. 1899, [Countess Greffulhe embracing her own double], Otto Wegener

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collection

ca. 1865,  [trick photograph], John L. Gihon
via Breandán Mackie’s Photostream

ca. 1865, [trick photograph], John L. Gihon

via Breandán Mackie’s Photostream

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