The 19th Century

The 1800s where the end of the industrial revolution and the birth of scientists. See more...


The Industrial Revolution began around 1760 and ran through the 1840's. Then began the birth of the profession of science. Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla were all products of the 19th century. And, in 1839, the first camera was commercially introduced.

As a result of the commercial camera, we have the first photographic record of the sights of the lives and lifestyles of a century.

The mugshot of Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or H. H. Holmes after being arrested in 1895.
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May 16, 1861 - May 7, 1896 1861 - 1896
Added Nov 17, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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Portrait of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley - the dressmaker to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Born into slavery in 1818, in November 1855 she purchased her and her son's freedom in St. Louis Missouri. She later moved to Washington D.C. where she began a dressmaking business employing 20 seamstresses who provided fashion to the wives of elite politicians including Varina Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis), Mary Anna Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee) and of course the First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
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February 1818 - May 26, 1907 1818 - 1907
Added Jun 17, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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This is a photo of George Washington Walser added by Brigette Meeker on June 3, 2020.
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Feb 8, 1818 - 1902 1818 - 1902
Added Jun 3, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Zelotes O Sargent at the Iowa State Fair c. 1880 added by Alijandra Mogilner on May 25, 2020.
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Added May 25, 2020 by: Alijandra Mogilner
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This is a photo of Richard Bunkum Rickard added by Tina Glover on May 19, 2020.
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Dec 25, 1819 - Mar 16, 1893 1819 - 1893
Added May 19, 2020 by: Tina Glover
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Think this must be Henry Chadwick, the initial does not appear to be an "H' but Henry is the only Chadwick mentioned in diary of the owner of this photo, ie J.H. Watmuff. (see back of photo)
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Added Dec 27, 2019 by: Stephen.J. Arnold
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A photo of Emma Youlden (Mrs. A. Watts) Know nothing of her except she was mentioned as a friend of Bessie Watmuff in 1867 in JHW diary. This photo was in a trunk belonging to J. H. Watmuff. See also the back of this photo.
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Added Dec 26, 2019 by: Stephen.J. Arnold
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There's no name or any other identifying information on this photo. I found him in central Texas, so I think it's likely the photo was taken somewhere in that area. He looks like he's enjoying that rare snowfall. Internet searches revealed that the winter of 1894-1895 was unusually cold in much of the northern hemisphere. The coast of the Gulf of Mexico got unusually heavy snowfalls in February 1895. Much of Texas got hit around the middle of February, especially along the coast. The National Weather Service website says this: "February 12-15, 1895 - Widespread snow over the state, even as far south as the lower Valley. North Texas received between 3-5 inches, but a band of 10-20 inches blanketed the upper Texas coast, including Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur."
Added Aug 13, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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A photo of the Bowman family in front of their grocery store: Charles and Elma Simmons briefly ran a grocery store in New York City. My father remembers hearing that Elma hated living in the city so much that she threatened divorce if they did not GO HOME to Dutchess County. I have no proof, but believe the two other people in the photo may be Elma's brother Otis Bowman and sister Mary (Bowman) Duncan. A 1910 census says Otis was 50, making his birthdate about 1860 - he would have been 25 in 1885. According to my information, Mary was born in 1866 and would have been about 19.
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Sep 8, 1862 - Dec 20, 1943 1862 - 1943
Added May 12, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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A photo of George Roberts, slave to freeman privateer. In the fall of 1812 he served onboard Captain Richard Moon’s privateer 'Sarah Ann' and was among six American seamen accused of being British subjects and taken prisoner when the Sarah Ann was captured by HMS Statira off the Bahamas on September 13, 1812. Captain Moon denied that they were British: Eventually, Roberts and the other American seamen were released. After the war, it is unknown what trade he had as a freeman or if he continued serving on-board various merchant vessels from the port of Baltimore, Maryland. What is known is that he was allowed to participate as one of the Old Defenders’ of Baltimore of 1814 during parades commemorating the anniversary for many years. He lived to the age of 95 (1766 -- 1861)
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c. 1766 - Jan 16, 1861 1766 - 1861
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Tilly ENGLISH which was taken at the Sim Mould Studio in Baraboo, WI sometime in the 1890's. Tilly appears to be in her teens or 20's at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Tilly and her family: Tillie ENGLISH was b. Dec 1877 in Sauk Co. WI to parents William Thomas or Thomas William ENGLISH (1849-1922) and Irene EVANS (1854-1900). Tillie was one of 4 children born to this couple including, Tillie; Harry E.; Izer A.; and Irene V. ENGLISH, all born between 1877 and 1895. Tillie married Ashley Bassett POWELL (1856-1941). Records indicate that the couple had two children including, John W. and Silas D. POWELL born in 1898 and 1904 respectively, however, I don’t believe that Tillie married Ashley until after the 1920 census so I’m guessing that they were children from a previous marriage. Tillie died 16 Nov 1961 in Reedsburg, WI and is buried in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo, WI. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 29, a Farmer, born VA, parents born VA Izro ENGLISH, wife, age 26, Keeping House, born WI, parents born PA Ellen ENGLISH, dau, age 2, born WI Henry D. EVANS, father-in-law, age 61, a Farmer, born PA, parents born MA + 1 Servant 1900 census of Baraboo, WI: T. W. ENGLISH, age 50, born Jun 1849, married 24 years, born VA, parents born VA, a Hardware Merchant Irene ENGLISH, wife, age 46, born Jan 1854, married 24 years, 3 children/3 living, born WI, parents born PA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 22, born Dec 1877, born WI Harry E. ENGLISH, son, age 19, born Oct 1880, born WI Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 5, born Apr 1895, born WI 1920 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 70, a widower, born VA, parents born VA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 42, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Nurse Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 24, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Weaver I’m hoping to locate someone from Tillie’s family so that this wonderful old photograph can be returned to the care of her family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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1877 - 1961 1877 - 1961
Added Mar 14, 2017 by: Shelley Cardiel
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Taken by Whitby photographer Francis Meadow Sutcliffe, 1889.
Added May 21, 2016 by: Jeremy Marshall
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A photo of Alta Dillion's slumber party taken 28 Apr 1898 Prineville,Crook,OR. back l-r: Hazel Pollard, Nettie Summers, Edra Williamson & Beulah Crooks middle l-r: Louise Summers, Wilda Soloman, Ione Elliott, Elizabeth Powell, Gertie Hodges & Alta Dillon front l-r: Verna Cline, Agnes Elliott, Maude Van Gesner & Winnie Lewis
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Added Apr 14, 2016 by: Sue Allen
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A photo of Mattie Jones Reid
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1875 - 1933 1875 - 1933
A photo of Mrs. Christine Fisher, 103 yrs old. She was born at Connelsville, PA ? May 11, 1796. Oldest living of five generations. Kodak picture taken by Mary D. Sinclair, January 1899. She is anxious to live into 1900 and will have lived during three centuries and during all Presidents' times. She reads her Bible that is on her lap often.
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May 11, 1796 - Unknown 1796 - ?
Added Jan 10, 2016 by: Barbara Millner
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A photo of Catherine Matheson with Marion, Martha, and Doris. This is a studio photo of my ancestor Catherine Matheson (born 1874) and her friends, possibly all teachers in New York, taken in the 1890s or 1900s. I have drawn a blank with Catherine for a good few years and hope that the other young ladies in the photo will have some descendants who will recognise them? The names were written on the back but unfortunately there are no Studio/Photographer names to aid further identification. Thanks for looking.
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1874 - Unknown 1874 - ?
This photo was purchased by me at the flea market in Dayton, OH
Added Mar 10, 2013 by: Kyle Rambo
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A photo of the Yates brothers, three sons of Darling Barber Yates and Emily Oliver They were too young for the Civil War. They were hired to be peace keepers at the County Fair after the Civil War. Back row:L-R James Oliver Yates & Andrew Jackson Yates Front row L-R: Johnson (friend) & George Washington Yates. This photo was taken by The Central Gallery, Brookshire-Matthews Co. 403 Twenty Third ST. Meridian, Mississippi, USA
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Mar 17, 1906 - Unknown 1906 - ?
A photo of Martha A. Fowler (nee Richards). This was taken before her marriage in 1879. She had red hair and I even have a lock of it!
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Added Mar 7, 2002 by: Pam Koehler
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Bredhoft or Bruns relatives from Germany? This photo was found in grand aunts possessions, we assume it is a good bye or voyage photo because of the cloth and twig in hands. Does anyone recognize outfits?
Taken around 1899, two Sioux Indians with spears on horseback wearing traditional hunting garments. Heyn, the historical photographer, took a number of Sioux portraits which are available via the Library of Congress.
A photo of the Jakob Joss family. L to R: Walther, Hans, Maria (standing), Emil, Ernest Jakob, Hermann, Ernest (standing), Samuel, August (standing), Elizabeth Joss- Niehans, Lydia Joss.
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Added May 7, 2015 by: Daniel Estefano
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A photo of four year old Warren Eastman Robinson. He sits for a photo to give out to family members for Christmas 1894.
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May 7, 1890 - Nov 6, 1918 1890 - 1918
Lucy Heidke, age 6, and her pet dog. Photo taken in Berlin, Germany in 1895.
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Oct 12, 1889 - Unknown 1889 - ?
Added Mar 27, 2001 by: Harold Long
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A photo of the sons of Charles Swain: Kneeling Robert Edmund Swain (1858-1915) Sitting Charles Daniel Swain (1853-1927) Standing George William Swain (1856-1928)
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1856 - 1928 1856 - 1928
A photo of John Nelson Gregg (center - 1827-1923) He was a Civil War Veteran and he lived in Monroe County, Alabama.
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1827 - 1923 1827 - 1923
Added May 14, 2015 by: Cecilia Dossett
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Magnus Ferdinand Riedell, wife (Catherina Naugard) and children. All Danish
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Added Aug 3, 2014 by: Ron Riedell
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A photo of Clara Malvina Paradis. Born 1 April 1894, in Orono, ME., 6th child of Pierre and Malvina (Ayotte) Paradis. Died at age 5 of Measles, 6 June 1899 in Orono, Me. The date of the photo is unknown.
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Apr 1, 1894 - Jun 6, 1899 1894 - 1899
Added Sep 4, 2015 by: PeterJ. Cobb
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A photo of Annie Katherine Burns
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Added Jun 24, 2015 by: Lyle Larkin
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A photo of Mathias and Marie Ilseng with friends.
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Sep 20, 1866 - Sep 30, 1917 1866 - 1917
Added May 23, 2015 by: Randi Thommessen
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A photo of Augusta Marie (Buer) Ilseng
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Jan 21, 1871 - May 15, 1911 1871 - 1911
A photo of Augusta Marie (Buer) Ilseng
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Jan 21, 1871 - May 15, 1911 1871 - 1911
Added May 24, 2015 by: Randi Thommessen
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Dr. Thomas Jefferson Pitchford & six sons: Thomas served in the NC State Senate. These sons were in the Confederate Army. Samuel enlisted but was sent home because of his age. 1 son was killed in the Battle of 7 Pines, another was shot in one of the last battles, dying on the way home.
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