ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-80s, [cabinet card portrait of a proud ‘Modern Woodman of America’ posed in his dress uniform and holding his ax. A medal and ribbon are pinned to his chest and he is sporting a belt buckle with crossed axes.], Fouchek

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a man in full fraternal regalia],  D.B. Spooner & Co. of Springfield, Mass.
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a man in full fraternal regalia], D.B. Spooner & Co. of Springfield, Mass.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-90s, [Early sports cabinet card of a dashing young athlete from Buffalo], Bliss Bros.
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870s-90s, [Early sports cabinet card of a dashing young athlete from Buffalo], Bliss Bros.

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90, [tintype portrait of a fireman wearing his parade uniform, holding an oil lamp, and sporting a belt buckle emblazoned with H & M.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of an acrobat, striking a pose in his costume]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of an acrobat, striking a pose in his costume]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1885, [carte de visite portrait of a coachman standing with top hat, white gloves, and whip]
via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection

ca. 1885, [carte de visite portrait of a coachman standing with top hat, white gloves, and whip]

via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of young musician, tentatively identified as Irving Selden, in costume]
via Harvard University,  Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of young musician, tentatively identified as Irving Selden, in costume]

via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Harvard Theatre Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young man in a fraternal order, possibly Freemason, dress], John Lucas Kingsley
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young man in a fraternal order, possibly Freemason, dress], John Lucas Kingsley

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man in academic gown], Charles Lake Cramer
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man in academic gown], Charles Lake Cramer

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1870-1910’s, [tinted tintype portrait of a blushing, mustachioed gentlemen, identified as “Ed Lamb”]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1910’s, [tinted tintype portrait of a blushing, mustachioed gentlemen, identified as “Ed Lamb”]

via Ebay

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of a drummer in uniform]
via Ebay

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of a drummer in uniform]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of three uniformed men, one most  exaggeratedly posed]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900’s, [tintype portrait of three uniformed men, one most exaggeratedly posed]

via Ebay

ca. 1875, [hand colored tintype portrait of two dandy baseball players]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [hand colored tintype portrait of two dandy baseball players]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a tough looking sailor with a cigar in his mouth and a knife in his belt]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a tough looking sailor with a cigar in his mouth and a knife in his belt]

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs
via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1866, “Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc”, [carte de visite portrait of a girl, dressed as Columbia, the American Flag, and a gentleman in a Revolutionary War costume], Frederick Coombs

via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

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