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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: May 2022; Please scroll down

What's New: Hi Folks! Here is a 2023 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 (divided into 5 segments) about the book and Maryland's Civil War photographs at the Maryland Center for History and Culture (formerly known as The Maryland Historical Society) and see one of segments I did on "Chesapeake Collectibles" on a Civil War photograph on YouTube at

I worked as photographic consultant for a major Civil War exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society (now the Maryland Center for History and Culture) that opened in April 2011 and closed in 2021. Special to the exhibit was 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 appearing at the following:

  • Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 26, 2022: Last year In cooperation with the National Park Service, I have mounted a special exhibit African American Faces of the Civil War commemorating Juneteenth National Independence Day at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitors Center in Virginia. The exhibit features color enlargements more than two feet in size of 27 portraits from my collection acquired over fifty years of original daguerreotypes, ambrotype, tintypes, and carte de visite portraits of military and civilian African American men, women, and children who were enslaved or free during the Civil War period. Many of these portraits are identified and their stories are told in the accompanying exhibit brochure. On Sunday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. I gave a free lecture about the stories behind the images in the collection. My lecture can now be viewed on YouTube at This collection is now available for other venues so contact me for more information.

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2023: The 40th Annual DC Photo, Postcard & Civil War Show will be held on Sunday, March 12 at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott. On Saturday night, March 11 I will be giving a free lecture on highlights of my photography collection that is free and open to the public. For more information go to

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2023: Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled. After our successful 2022 show we are now preparing for the 2023 Baltimore Show. 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. Check our website for more information visit

  • Sunday, April 23, 2023, 1:30-3:30 p.m.:As part of the Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Series Ross Kelbaugh will be presenting a program "Black Lives in Focus: African American Faces From Early Maryland" featuring rare print and photographic portraits of enslaved and free African Americans from the Ross J. Kelbaugh Collection along with their recently discovered stories which have now added them to the American memory. For more information see

  • June 24 and June 25, 2023: The Eleventh season of Chesapeake Collectibles will be taping at Maryland Public Television studios in Owings Mills after our two year break due to the pandemic. Spaces have been filling up fast so for more information visit

  • Starting January 2024: The eleventh season of "Chesapeake Collectibles" will premiere a on Maryland Public Television every Monday night from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and is repeated on Saturday night on MPT2 from 7:30-8:00 p.m. Ross Kelbaugh will once again return as one of the appraisers on this local version of the Antiques Road Show. For information visit Shows from the previous seasons can be viewed online at:

    A new edition of my book Introduction to African American Photographs, 1840-1950 is now available and and can be purchased on Our new three-part series Black Live in Focus and Catographics: Vintage Cat Photographs 1845-1920 are also available as well. An expanded hard cover edition of Black Lives in Focusis also now available on Amazon. We are continuing to place our collections online which you can access here.

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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:

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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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