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NOTE: If you see the word RESERVED in an item's title, please DO NOT BUY. The item has been promised to another Etsy buyer, who has asked us to hold it for them, which we are always glad to do. If you see RESERVED, you are still welcome to inquire about its availability, but again, please DO NOT PURCHASE. Thank you.

Welcome to The Thanatos Archive ( on Etsy. Here we offer original and unique vintage photography, tintypes, daguerreotypes, post-mortem photos; rare antique prints, lithographs, engravings; and from time to time, medical antiques and other oddities.

We have thousands of "run-of-the-mill" tintypes, CDVs, and other vintage photos that you might find in other shops for usually around $5 to $20, however, for the most part, we do not offer those here! The vintage photography offered in this Etsy shop appeals to more advanced collectors with an eye for the interesting, unusual, special, and rare.

The prices of the items in our shop, especially the rarer items, are determined by using our own price guide, which was compiled on successful sales of similar, and in some cases, identical items. Our items are offered here on Etsy at less than retail.

We accept PayPal, and gladly accept checks, and money orders. Please note that if paying by check or money order, payment is due within 7 days, unless prior arrangements have been made with us. If payment has not been received within 7 days, the item will be relisted.

Wondering about the shipping cost of your item(s)? Please read!
As of February 25, 2012:

1. Insurance is included on all items.

2. Cased images are sent First Class, but may be upgraded to Priority depending on the value and if they are especially fragile.

3. For safety reasons, EVERY ORDER (domestic and international) of $500 or more is shipped Priority or Express Mail, depending on the value.

4. If you order multiple items and the value of your combined order is $20.00 or more, all or part of the shipping costs you paid may be used to insure your order.

YES, we gladly combine shipping. If you buy multiple items, they will be shipped in one package when possible, and any excess shipping that you have paid (minus supplies/handling fee/insurance coverage) will be refunded back to you promptly, though PayPal.

Yes, we do offer layaway on items $150 or more and items can be reserved. Send us a convo for our layaway terms!

For a discounted rate of $10.00-$25.00 (depending on size of image), any daguerreotype you purchase in this shop can be professionally cleaned and resealed using top quality archival materials. In addition, before and after scans will be provided for comparison. Cleaning and resealing not only improves the visibility of the image, but will help preserve them for many years to come. If you have dag from your own collection you would like professionally restored and sealed, please convo me. Rates are $30.00 and up, depending on image size. Sample:

As stated above, we have thousands of old photos - tintypes, cabinet cards, cartes de viste, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and more, and cannot possibly list them all. If there is a certain subject or photo you are looking for, contact us and we will be happy to check our stock and if found, list it for you.

Read our Etsy profile for more info about The Thanatos Archive or to visit our website at!

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.