ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]
via Cowan’s Auctions
Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

ca. 1860-90s, [tintype portrait of ice man, posed with their tools]

via Cowan’s Auctions

Happy Labor Day, everyone! For those of you working today, find some solace in these occupational portraits of men and women who have toiled before you. Those who are lucky enough to be granted a reprieve from your job, seriously thank those workers you come into contact with today, and continue to honor the American work ethic.

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

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