ca. 1893, “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword,” [albumen portrait of Louis Brosemer standing before a United States flag holding an oversized pen as a spear in his right hand, and a sword by the blade in his left], Louis Brosemer
via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1893, “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword,” [albumen portrait of Louis Brosemer standing before a United States flag holding an oversized pen as a spear in his right hand, and a sword by the blade in his left], Louis Brosemer

via the Wisconsin Historical Society

ca. 1880-1910, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a banner lady for “Criswell & Miller Hardware”], Enslow
via Luminous Lint, Private Collection of Laddy Kite

ca. 1880-1910, [cabinet card advertisement, portrait of a banner lady for “Criswell & Miller Hardware”], Enslow

via Luminous Lint, Private Collection of Laddy Kite

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman wearing an overcoat standing against a patterned backdrop]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1860’s, [tintype portrait of a gentleman wearing an overcoat standing against a patterned backdrop]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1900, [tintype portrait of Cornelius C. Kenney]
via Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute
ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a man and a woman reading a book], New York Gallery
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 and a woman reading a book], New York Gallery

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

ca. 1857, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a woman in her casket, paisley fabric gathered closely to her body], Charles DeForest Fredericksvia Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1857, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a woman in her casket, paisley fabric gathered closely to her body], Charles DeForest Fredericks

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with an accordion], City Mart Photographic Gallery
via Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Mautz Collection

ca. 1855-1895, [carte de visite portrait of a young man with an accordion], City Mart Photographic Gallery

via 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 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. 1880, [tintype portrait of eight women displaying their hair]
via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of eight women displaying their hair]

via the International Center of Photography

ca. 1870, [Hand tinted tintype portrait of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards in fancy dress]
via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers

ca. 1870, [Hand tinted tintype portrait of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards in fancy dress]

via Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers

ca. 1860-70’s, [ambrotype portrait of a butcher and his son, preparing to slaughter a sheep]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [ambrotype portrait of a butcher and his son, preparing to slaughter a sheep]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860, [ambrotype portrait of a family at a window]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with an intense stare and an extreme comb-over], William M. Shew
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with an intense stare and an extreme comb-over], William M. Shew

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of two bearded gentlemen,  David & Thomas Havens, identified on verso]
via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-70s, [tintype portrait of two bearded gentlemen,  David & Thomas Havens, identified on verso]

via Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a fashionable gentleman in a paisley smoking jacket]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim of Be-Hold Fine Photographics

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a fashionable gentleman in a paisley smoking jacket]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim of Be-Hold Fine Photographics

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