First, I must admit, I don't tend to hold on to these photographs since it's almost impossible to identify the family from which it originated. So, while I do still have some of these in my possession, others have been acquired by collectors. This is an acceptable compromise for me as I feel they will take good care of these pictures.
The first photo I love is a nice tintype of two girls, a dog, and a tiny puppy. It's rather rare to see animals in photographs of this age (to this day I think this is the only one I've come across) which is a big part of the reason I find it so great.
Presumably the two girls are sisters, but who knows for sure! It's photos like this though that make me realize that in a lot of ways, things really aren't so different now than they were back then.
Here's what I like to call a "personality" photo. Let's face it, most photographs of the time are rather plain portraits of a person, with little to no smile, partly because they had to sit forever to get their photo taken.
This photo however (also a tintype), is of an obviously flirty woman. Perhaps this photo was sent to a husband/boyfriend/fiance? Or perhaps she just wanted this photo for herself! I wish I knew the background behind this image, as I'm certain she has an extremely interesting story to tell.
And this last photo just looks like fun! :)