Friday, May 29, 2015

People Posing Around the USS Constitution as it is Being Overhauled at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine (1858)

People posing around the USS Constitution as it is being overhauled at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, May 27, 1858. Believed to be the oldest known photograph of the USS Constitution. By Albert Gregory.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Photographs of Union Soldiers Posing With a Captured Confederate 18-Pounder Cannon Nicknamed “Whistling Dick” (1863)

Two photographs of Union soldiers posing with a captured Confederate 18-pounder cannon nicknamed “Whistling Dick.” The gun was responsible for sinking the Union gunboat USS Cincinnati during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 26, 1863.

Second image from Miller's Photographic History of the Civil War.

View of Smoke From Artillery Fire Coming From the Russian Redoubts of Mamelon and Malakoff During the Siege of Sevastopol Taken From Allied Lines (1855)

View of smoke from artillery fire coming from the Russian redoubts of Mamelon and Malakoff during the Siege of Sevastopol taken from Allied lines, 1855. Possibly the first combat photograph ever taken. By Roger Fenton.


Daguerreotype Self-Portrait of Isaac Wallace Baker Posing at the Entrance of Batchelder’s Daguerrian Saloon, a Mobile Photography Studio Set Up For Business Somewhere in California

Daguerreotype self-portrait of Isaac Wallace Baker posing at the entrance of Batchelder’s Daguerrian Saloon, a mobile photography studio set up for business somewhere in California, c. 1851.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Daguerreotype Portrait of a Folk Artist Posing With a Wooden Chain

Daguerreotype portrait of a folk artist posing with a wooden chain, c. 1855.


Daguerreotype Portrait of an Unidentified Man Posing With a Cat

Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man posing with a cat.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Photograph Taken During the Second Battle of Fredericksburg Showing Battle Smoke Drifting Through Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia (1863)

Photograph taken during the Second Battle of Fredericksburg showing battle smoke drifting through downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 3, 1863. A number of Union soldiers are standing/possibly moving on the pontoon bridge crossing the Rappahannock River in the middle ground. By Andrew J. Russell.