ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s-90s, [tintype portrait of three women holding photos posed in some kind of industrial setting among pipes]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870-1890s, [carte de visite of a hand holding an unidentified object]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-1890s, [carte de visite of a hand holding an unidentified object]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portarit of a gentleman standing on his head]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70s, [carte de visite portarit of a gentleman standing on his head]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [unusual tintype portrait of a mysterious sitter peering through their fingers]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90s, [unusual tintype portrait of a mysterious sitter peering through their fingers]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [studio tintype portrait of a young person wearing a dress and holding a hat]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [studio tintype portrait of a young person wearing a dress and holding a hat]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of an enigmatic figure with an obscuring umbrella]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35966 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of an enigmatic figure with an obscuring umbrella]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/35966 

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen with unusual conversational styles…]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait, four “hanging heads”]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1860-1900, [carte de visite portrait of a solitary, morose-looking gentlemen with clothespins on his face], H. Wentworth
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-1900, [carte de visite portrait of a solitary, morose-looking gentlemen with clothespins on his face], H. Wentworth

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of two white men, sitting, with two black boys, playing]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of two white men, sitting, with two black boys, playing]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870-1900, [tintype portrait of a young man, ominously crawling from under another person]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-1900, [tintype portrait of a young man, ominously crawling from under another person]

via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [unusual copy tintype of a tintype of a smiling gentleman]
via Ebay

ca. 1870’s, [unusual copy tintype of a tintype of a smiling gentleman]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite portrait of a four legged chicken], Stanley

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography, Carte de visite Collection

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman with a monkey]
via דודdavid’s Flickr, Nelson-Atkin Museum of Art Photostream

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman with a monkey]

via דודdavid’s Flickr, Nelson-Atkin Museum of Art Photostream

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite collage of a gentleman’s head on a plate]
via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47899 

ca. 1860-90’s, [carte de visite collage of a gentleman’s head on a plate]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of Laddy Kite, LL/47899 

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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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