ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood
via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

ca. 1870, [carte de visite portrait of albino performer Aggie Zolidra in a flower headband], J. Wood

via the Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library

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. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]
via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s,  [tintype portrait of a travelling salesman with tinted glasses and a suitcase full of wares]

via  Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]
via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1880, [tintype portrait of ‘Old Dick’]

via Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1870-90s, [carte de visite portrait of two acrobat musicians with violin and horn]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1874-86, [cabinet card of a cigar left by General U. S. Grant], Thomas Houseworth

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90s, [tintype portrait of a sexy milkman]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a young hunter in a flamboyant outfitwearing a hat decorated with animal tails]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell
via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1890-1900, [cabinet card portrait of “Reverend Eavens, a man with a hole in his chest”], W.C. Bell

via the Wellcome Collection, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870’s, [carte de visite portrait of a dashing and decorated man with guitar]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

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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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