Tag Archives: 1860s-1870s

1860s ‘Uncle John Randolph’

John Randolph. CDV circa 1870. Private Collection.

1860s ‘uncle’ John Randolph. CDV. Private Collection.

This handsome fellow with the small smile came on a CDV with the beautiful design around the vignette portrait. His name is written in pencil on the back. Was he of the famed Randolph family of Virginia?

I wonder if his bowtie was a patriotic red and white.

John Randolph CDV with the intricate chandelier-like frame design.

John Randolph CDV with the intricate chandelier-like frame design.

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Joseph Keller of Memphis, TN

Tintype in frame. Personal Collection

1860s-1870s tintype in frame. Private Collection

josephkeller-back

1/9th plate tintype in complete frame with back

Yours Truly, Jos Keller

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Victorian Man in Drag

1860s-1870s Man in drag. Personal Collection.

1870s-1880s Man in drag. Private Collection.

I got hold of this unique tintype by pure luck…Those are very rare as you can imagine. No bowler or high collar on this cross-dresser but a huge bowtie over a fur coat, a woman’s hat with side gemstones and a confident smile. An amazing find.


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