Sunday, September 15, 2019

59 Amazing Photos Showing Life in the 1850s



Drinking and cards, late 1850s




Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (front row, center-right) and others observe the SS Great Eastern launch attempt in Blackwall, London, November 1857. It was a massive steamship, the largest ship ever built when it launched




Faruk Khan, vice premier to the court of Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, and the Persian ambassador to French emperor Napoleon III, and Queen Victoria, circa 1857




Former President Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, posing in photographer Mathew Brady's New York portrait studio, circa 1855-1858




Group portrait of a man, woman, and boy, with Niagara Falls in the background, 1855




Horses and carts surround a busy Quincy Public Market in downtown Boston, 1857




Jerusalem, Site of the Temple on Mount Moriah, and Jerusalem, Court of the Mosque of Omar, 1857




Men at work beside the launching chains of the Great Eastern while under construction at London's Millwall Iron Works on the River Thames, November 18, 1857




Morlaix - Le quai de Tréguier, 1857




Napoleon III, emperor of France, 1857




Paris looking back toward the Ile de la Cité from across the Seine, circa 1857




Peter Force, American editor, publisher, and historian, served as the 12th mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1836 to 1840, circa 1857



Pierre Clément Eugène Pelletan, a French writer, journalist, and passionate critic, circa 1855-1859




Portrait of a girl in the Netherlands, circa 1855




Portrait of newlyweds Dorman and Eliza Egbert Cortright, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1850




Portrait of the Baroness of Séverac, 1856-1859




Queen Victoria's visit to the Manchester Exhibition of Art Treasures of the United Kingdom in Manchester, England, June 1857




Samuel Morse, the American artist and inventor, standing in a studio with an automatic telegraph receiver, which would record incoming morse-code messages onto paper, 1857




 San Francisco and the harbor from Stockton Street, containing the portions between Washington and Sacramento Streets, 1856




Seascape with a ship leaving port in Sète, France, 1857




St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) from the Hypodrome, Constantinople, Turkey, in 1857.




The Chattar Manzil palace wall in Lucknow, India, which was destroyed by mutineers during the Indian Rebellion of 1857




The earliest surviving photo of Japanese feudal lord, Shimazu Nariakira, dressed formally, September 17, 1857




The French-English fleet in the harbor of Cherbourg-Cotentin, France, August 1858




The inauguration of President James Buchanan, at the east front of the United States Capitol Building, March 4, 1857




The Parker House Hotel, late 1850s




The Pyramids of Dahshoor from the east, 1857




The River Seine in Paris, from the Square du Vert-Galant, a park at the tip of the Ile de la Cité, 1857




 The Sphinx, built during the Egyptian Fourth Dynasty, stands in the desert with the Pyramid Cheops nearby in Giza, 1857




The U.S. Capitol Building dome under construction, looking south from the roof of the Senate wing, showing the first row of columns near completion and the cast-irons pillars up, 1857




Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France, 1857




Young gentleman of the 1850s




A group of Gurkha soldiers with their British officer, during the Indian Mutiny or Great Sepoy Rebellion, 1857




A portrait of two women gleaners in rural England, 1857




Abraham Lincoln, immediately prior to his Senate nomination in Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 1857




An abbot accompanies students visiting the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy, 1857




Barrack Hill, Ottawa, during the construction of the Parliament Buildings, 1857




Battery Street in San Francisco, California, 1856




Boston and a busy Boston Harbor looking north from the State House dome in 1858




Brant Point Light Station, on Nantucket Harbor, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts in the 1850s




 Camp de Châlons; The Zouave storyteller, Chalons, France, 1857




Canadian man posing in front of his house, 1855




Cathedral, Baltimore, Maryland, 1856




Cloud study over Paris, 1850s




Construction workers build a new jail in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1857




Hippo Obaysch is spotted taking a nap in the Zoological Gardens in Regent's Park, 1852. He was donated by Egypt in 1850 in exchange for English greyhounds and deerhounds, and he lived until 1878




The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's roundhouse at Martinsburg, West Virginia in June 1858.




Family Portrait, 1850s




Three Young Women, 1856




A Beautiful Bride, 1850




Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Paris, France, 1850s




Family group at church, England, 1854




Mary Le Port Street, Bristol, England, 1854




Officers of the 4th Light Dragoons, England, 1855




A four-wheeled "pedamotive carriage," 1850




Bombay, India, 1850




Toronto, Canada, 1856




 Chouteau's Pond, St. Louis, Missouri, 1854




 American Falls from below prospect point, Niagara, 1850




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