ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]
via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1863-70s, [tintype portrait of two soldiers in unusual poses]

via Macrafly: Curated Historic Photography

ca. 1865, [carte de visite portrait of Senator James Rood Doolittle; his autograph in ink at the bottom], Matthew Brady

Doolittle, born in New York, moved to Wisconsin in 1851. He was elected to the Senate in 1857 and served on the Committee on Indian Affairs until 1863. During the Civil War Doolittle was an active supporter of Lincoln.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1865, [carte de visite portrait of Senator James Rood Doolittle; his autograph in ink at the bottom], Matthew Brady

Doolittle, born in New York, moved to Wisconsin in 1851. He was elected to the Senate in 1857 and served on the Committee on Indian Affairs until 1863. During the Civil War Doolittle was an active supporter of Lincoln.

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1854-60’s, [ninth-plate copy tintype of the lost Polycarpus Von Schneidau daguerreotype of Lincoln, taken in Chicago in 1854]
via The Rail Splitter

ca. 1854-60’s, [ninth-plate copy tintype of the lost Polycarpus Von Schneidau daguerreotype of Lincoln, taken in Chicago in 1854]

via The Rail Splitter

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan member in full costume], Harley, Metcalf & Winter

The Klan was organized after the Civil War by Nathan Bedford Forest. Its members wore black costumes with skulls and crossbones and terrorized newly-freed black citizens of the South as well as northern “carpetbaggers”. Their gruesome images appeared in periodicals of the time. Various outrages prompted Congressional investigations in 1871 and condemnation by President Grant and others. The night rider has the initials or word “MED” on the front of his costume and yields an ax. 

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan member in full costume], Harley, Metcalf & Winter

The Klan was organized after the Civil War by Nathan Bedford Forest. Its members wore black costumes with skulls and crossbones and terrorized newly-freed black citizens of the South as well as northern “carpetbaggers”. Their gruesome images appeared in periodicals of the time. Various outrages prompted Congressional investigations in 1871 and condemnation by President Grant and others. The night rider has the initials or word “MED” on the front of his costume and yields an ax.

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate William C. Scott wearing fur cap with leather bill and holding Whitney revolver, 6th Texas Cavalry]
via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate William C. Scott wearing fur cap with leather bill and holding Whitney revolver, 6th Texas Cavalry]

via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1860’s, [ tintype portrait of a smirking Union infantryman in an open frock coat with a hand-gilt watch and chain at his chest]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ tintype portrait of a smirking Union infantryman in an open frock coat with a hand-gilt watch and chain at his chest]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850-60’s, “Old Peter-A slave escaped to home of Slater Brown, supposed to be nearly 100 years old,” [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman]
via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1850-60’s, “Old Peter-A slave escaped to home of Slater Brown, supposed to be nearly 100 years old,” [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman]

via the Daguerreian Society, Greg French Collection

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate Private Japhet Collins, brandishing a pistol and a knife]
via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs

ca. 1861, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate Private Japhet Collins, brandishing a pistol and a knife]

via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in an unidentified or mostly fictionalized Eastern Woodlands Native American outfit, smoking a long pipe]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in an unidentified or mostly fictionalized Eastern Woodlands Native American outfit, smoking a long pipe]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1849, [daguerreotype portrait of Miranda Adkins Sneed in a fine dress and lace gloves]

 Miranda Adkins Sneed, wife of Sebron Graham Sneed and mother of eleven children, arrived in Austin in 1848. Sneed and her husband were prominent in local politics and were strong supporters of secession in 1861. Their home served as a recruiting station for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and later was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

via  Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1849, [daguerreotype portrait of Miranda Adkins Sneed in a fine dress and lace gloves]

Miranda Adkins Sneed, wife of Sebron Graham Sneed and mother of eleven children, arrived in Austin in 1848. Sneed and her husband were prominent in local politics and were strong supporters of secession in 1861. Their home served as a recruiting station for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and later was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen sitting in front of a U.S. states and territories map]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen sitting in front of a U.S. states and territories map]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite political cartoon regarding Jim Crow laws with some sort of advertising for Swarthout Ackerman & Co. Clothiers], I.U. Doust
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880’s, [carte de visite political cartoon regarding Jim Crow laws with some sort of advertising for Swarthout Ackerman & Co. Clothiers], I.U. Doust

via Cowan’s Auctions

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