ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

ca. 1880s, [cabinet card, cigarette advertisement]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

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. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal
via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1860-90s, [carte de visite portrait of a female photographer,  identified on verso as G. H. Jenkinson, posed with her wet-plate camera] Beal

via Capitol Gallery, Cabinet Cards & CDVs

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]
via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

ca. 1860-80s, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a proud dentist with a pulled tooth of his bloodied patient]

via Be-Hold, Photographic Gallery

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860-70s, [hand tinted ambrotype  portrait of a women with her nine-string bango]
via Yale University’s Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection
ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1896, “Pearl and Diane with their bicycles, August 1896,” [cabinet card, portrait of two young ladies with their bikes]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [ambrotype portrait of a smiling woman with her book]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s, [tintype portrait of a woman wearing a tall, wide brimmed hat]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter 
via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

ca. 1888, [cabinet card, portrait of vaudeville performer “Blanca”], J.C. Schaarwächter

via Luminous Lint, LL/14252, from the Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler

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. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1880s-90s, [cabinet card, portrait of three watermelon eaters], Wolfgang

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1896, [Pocket Kodak camera snapshot in Pont Royal, Paris]



via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey

ca. 1896, [Pocket Kodak camera snapshot in Pont Royal, Paris]

via Luminous Lint, from the private collection of John Toohey

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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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