ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1840s, [portrait of a woman holding a single rose in a black lace gloved hand]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1890, [cabinet card, portrait of dancer Miss Murdock, in a lovely costume], Moreno & Lopez of New York

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Ohio State University, Jerome 
University Library, Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

ca. 1900, [portrait of Lilla and Cornelius C. Kenney], Halifax Photographic Company

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

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]
via Ebay

ca. 1880-90’s, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one sitting on the lap of the other, smoking cigars]

via Ebay

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1875, [albumen portrait of a smiling couple]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Larry Gotheim of Be-Hold

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co. 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1901, “Affected Modesty”
via the Library of Congress, Stereograph Card Collection

ca. 1901, “Affected Modesty”

via the Library of Congress, Stereograph Card Collection

ca. 1900, “Getting Her Hair Banged”
via the Library of Congress, Stereograph Card Collection
Here’s to awkward advances and cheap dates. Happy Valentine’s day, Tumblr—I love you all!

ca. 1900, “Getting Her Hair Banged”

via the Library of Congress, Stereograph Card Collection

Here’s to awkward advances and cheap dates. Happy Valentine’s day, Tumblr—I love you all!

ca. 1896, gentleman dressed and posed in womens’ clothing
via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts Collection
                        Gentlemen? Ladies?

ca. 1896, gentleman dressed and posed in womens’ clothing

via the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts Collection

                        Gentlemen? Ladies?

ca. 1898
via the Library of Congress, Stereograph Card Collection
ca. 1870, photo collage of a fictional “psycho-sexual” murder scene
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1870, photo collage of a fictional “psycho-sexual” murder scene

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1898, bathing at Midland beach
via Museum of the City of New York, Byron Company Collection

ca. 1898, bathing at Midland beach

via Museum of the City of New York, Byron Company Collection

“All by Themselves”, turn of the century stereoscopic image
via DepthandTime’s Photostream

All by Themselves”, turn of the century stereoscopic image

via DepthandTime’s Photostream

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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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