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Large Ambrotype of an English Lady
Holding a Cat, with a Dog at her Feet.

Cased Tintype Solider Playing Guitar & Lady Friend.

"... the attached ambrotype shows 2 brothers named Keast from Penzance, Cornwall, England. They went to the gold diggings in California in the 1850's and returned to England around 1860..."

Quarter plate daguerreotype of Lajos Kossuth (1802 - 1894), who was a Hungarian lawyer, journalist, politician and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848-49.

The Bengal, North Point, San Francisco Stereoview by Carleton Watkins
North Point SF
North Point SF

"I Sell The Shadow To Support
The Substance," Sojourner Truth CDV.

Albumen photograph of Abraham Lincoln
by Alexander Hesler. Featured in the book, *Lincoln in Photographs:
An Album of Every Known Pose*
, by Charles Hamilton and Lloyd Ostendorf.
An excerpt from the caption in the book:
"Wrote Lincoln's law partner, William H. Herndon: 'There is the peculiar curve of the lower lip, the lone mole on the right cheek, and a pose of the head so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it.'"

Pair of Cartes de Visite (CDVs) feature earliest known photographs of the Ku Klux Klan (1867 & 1871).  Period ink, on reverse of each, describes law enforcement's role in apprehending them.

Highly unusual pair of crisp quarter plate sized INDUSTRIAL SCENE DAGUERREOTYPES. Note that this is the Industrial Revolution in a rural setting.

Amherst College Class of 1864 CDV Album

Postmortem of an infant from above.
White on White Daguerreotype

Blue Sky Illuminated Daguerreotype

Civil War Sergeant with Pistol and Sword Cased Tintype

Cabinet Photograph of a Dentist advertising his services. His crown, sash, and cuffs are covered with various dental implements and tools.

Tintypes taken during George B. Cooley's purported 31 day fast, to cure rheumatism, in 1901.

1870 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION WITH EXHIBITS BY E. & H.T. ANTHONY & SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO. FIVE STEREOVIEWS
Featuring one of the largest and most exhaustive photographic displays in history. At one end of the exhibit hall are banners:
ELEVATE YOUR ART AND IT WILL ELEVATE YOU. PHOTOGRAPHY 1870. AMERICA. EUROPE.
Signs in the E. & H.T. ANTHONY exhibit:
E. & H.T. ANTHONY & co. 591 BROADWAY NEW YORK.
ANTHONY'S DEPARTMENT
STEREOSCOPES VIEWS AND ALBUMS
SAMPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMICALS
CELEBRATED DALLMEYER LENSES
GRAPHOSCOPES... ORDERS RECEIVED... HOLIDAY TRADE...
There is also a SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO. exhibit sign:
SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO. 4 BEEKMAN ST. 36 PARK ROW. NEW YORK.

King of Siam Antique Photograph

Lincoln Sign Painter Carte De Visite

Quarter plate daguerreotype of 3 Gold Miners exhibiting

Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card Photograph

Blacksmith Daguerreotype

Matilda Gage and her daughter, Helen. Gage was a suffragist, activist, aboltionist, author and freethinker. She was also the mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz. Daguerreotype

2 cricket players, one with a 'Field Captain' belt. Also featured are the bat, ball and wickets. Quarter Plate Ambrotype

Half plate tinted daguerreotype of gold miners. In between the tinted miners, in the background, somebody raises a fist in triumph.

Tintype of Sleeping

Gold mining scene featuring 6 miners.

Canadian daguerreotype of a volunteer fireman by Henry K. Sheldon. Identifying inscription on inside of case: "Mr. Joel Shiels. Kingston. May 24th 1856. Sheldon Artist."

Indiginous People of the South Pacific

Prisoners Many identified, including women, from Sacramento, California. Large lot of albumen photographs dating as early as 1860s.

Ambrotype with Diary and Period Note
Diamond Springs California Gold Mining
Settlement. Diary. '...I am now at diamond
Springs to work in the mines forty five
miles from Sacramento. I have benhere almosttwo weeks. I have found some gold. I have made from two to six dollars a day while I have ben here .... Supose you would like to know what kind of a place this is here. I can tell you this is a hard place. There is a great many folks here that wood be glad to go home if they could and they could after a while if they would save their money but there is a gambling house close by here. I have ben in there and see men loose the last cent they had and I have seen some win 40 and 50 dollars on a few minutes and then go off and got drunk and come back and loose it all again and some will work all day and spend it nights. That is the way with one half of the folks in Calafornia. I should never expect to get home at that rate...William Pitt...Diamond Springs Callafornia." The period note says "Calif. Large Building, gambling house. William Pitt's house where men stand." One can see the gambling house over to the left, and William Pitt's house to the right.
california ambrotype

8 men at Sikes Store Eden, New York Daguerreotype

Daguerreotype of Major Emin Bey, of the Ottoman Empire Navy, sent to the U.S. in 1850 as a Turkish envoy.

Actors in Blackface CDV Collection by James Wallace Black






President Lincoln's Inauguration


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