The History of Photography Archive is a private collection, owned by archivist Patrick Montgomery, of original 19th and 20th century photographs, books and related artifacts that traces the technical and artistic development of photography and photo-mechanical printing from their origins in England and France in the early 19th century up through worldwide use in the mid-20th century.
Here below is an amazing photo set from this archieve that shows life of the U.S in the 1850s.
American farm, circa late 1850s
Associate Presbyterian Church, July 1854. (Photo by Frederick DeBourg Richards)
RR track over Niagara Suspension Bridge, 1854. (Photo by Friedrich Langenheim & Wilhelm Langenheim )
Trenton Falls, New York, circa 1855. (Photo by Friedrich Langenheim & Wilhelm Langenheim )
Butler Mansion House, Philadelphia, 1856. (Photo by James Earl McClees)