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ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of James Rossi and William Bennett], James Rossi via Harvard University Library, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Theatre Collection

This is my great-grandfather. He was born in 1876, and he was maybe in his 20s here, so I’d date the photo around early 1900s. He was a performer in Vaudeville (so I’ve been told), and he was born in a small town in New Hampshire. Both his parents were French-Canadians.

Henry O. Nightingale, c. 1864, age 20. Born in England, Nightingale emigrated to America when he was five and joined the Union Army in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Gettysburg. This picture was taken before he was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 and his left arm was partially amputated.  He was also present at Ford’s Theatre when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.  Submitted by giovedisera

Civil War Era Young Woman Photo by: Parker's Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA Date: c. 1861-1865 Type: Carte de Vista (CDV)

The chorus of fairies in the burlesque. Gaiety Theatre, London, 8 October 1883.

Corset Cover Date: ca. 1880