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My landmark book Maryland's Civil War Photographs: The Sesquicentennial Collection
soft bound edition is now out of print!

Selections from Maryland's Civil War Photographs:
The Sesquicentennial Collection
Published by the Maryland Historical Society

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Updated: February 2018; Please scroll down

What's New: Hi Folks! Here is a 2018 update. The soft cover edition of my landmark book Maryland's Civil War Photographs: The Sesquicentennial Collection is now out of print! The soft cover edition may be purchased from resellers on Just a few of the Deluxe Hard Cover signed and numbered editions limited to only 250 copies are still available for the very special price of only $40.00 (originally $120) exclusively from the Maryland Historical Society here. You can watch my illustrated lecture about the book and Maryland's Civil War photographs at the Maryland Historical Society on YouTube at

I worked as photographic consultant for a major Civil War exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society that opened in April 2011. Special to the exhibit is a 3-D show I have produced on The Battle of Antietam which gives you a three-dimensional perspective on this 1862 event as seen on a 72 in. screen!

Ross Kelbaugh will be displaying at the following:

  • Starting January 2018: The eighth season of "Chesapeake Collectibles" began airing on Maryland Public Television every Monday night from 7:30-8:00 p.m. Ross Kelbaugh will be returning as one of the appraisers on this local version of the Antiques Road Show. For more information visit Shows from the previous seasons can be viewed online at:
  • Thursday, February 22-Saturday, February 24, 2018: I will not have three tables (P 37-39) for exhibit and sales at the Show of Shows in Louisville, Kentucky this year due to recent surgery. But for more information, visit
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18, 2018: I will have a table (R-16) at the annual Maryland Arms Collectors Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds where we will be selling and buying fine military photographs in addition to other militaria. For more information visit
  • Friday & Saturday, September 21-22, 2018: I will have tables at the annual Max Show at the Pittsburgh Convention Center in Monroeville (outside of Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, where we will be selling and buying fine military photographs in addition to other militaria. For more information visit

    Our book Introduction to African American Photographs, 1840-1950 is still available and you can purchase it here. We are now beginning the process of placing our collections online beginning with our African American Collection which you can access here.

    Welcome to the website of Historic Graphics®: a multi-faceted company dedicated to the rich visual legacy of our past. We would like to introduce you to some of the image services we provide, as well as share with you images that capture the richness of America's visual heritage. We hope you enjoy your tour through our site.

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    For many years, Historic Graphics® has been researching the history of photography in 19th century Maryland that we have shared with the public in numerous publications. As a service to our visitors, we now offer a complete directory of those individuals that practiced the daguerreotype in Baltimore. This alphabetical listing includes biographical information, locations of operations, and, most importantly, the dates for business activity at these studio locations. In addition, we have included descriptions of methods used to sign images with the names of daguerreans to help you futher interpret the Baltimore daguerreotypes you might find. Our directory can be accessed by clicking below:

Historic Graphics® Museum

Over the years, Historic Graphics® has gathered together a large collection of vintage photographs that span the Victorian Era from the early daguerreotype to the end of the First World War. On a rotating basis, we share some of these images with you so you too can experience the visual legacy of our ancestors.

Sleeping Cat Daguerreotype Catographics

The first of our exhibits titled Catographics and presents early photographic portraits of people and their cats (or sometimes of just their cherished pet alone). We hope you enjoy this celebration of the bond between our ancestors and their special friends.

Housekeeper A Woman's Work

The second of our exhibitions is titled A Woman's Work and features a collection of unique 19th century photographic portraits of women in which the subjects use clothing and/or props to interpret their occupations and domestic roles. Were the "good old days" really so good?
The A Child's Labor

The third of our exhibitions is titled A Child's Labor and features a collection of unique 19th and early 20th century photographic portraits of children in which the subjects were recorded in a manner that interpreted their occupations. Remember that these portraits were made to celebrate the subjects' place in the workforce.

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