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Carte de Visite

Focussing on all facets of the history of the carte de visite and the photographers that made them in Great Britain and around the world.

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Carte de Visite Photography Resources

Brief History of the Carte de Visite (American Museum of Photography)

Carte de Visite History (Civil War Era)

Cartes de Visite (CDV Collectors) Yahoo group

British and Irish Photography:

Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940


PhotoLondon: Database of 19th Century Photographers 1841-1901

Photographers & Photographic Studios in Derbyshire

Brighton Photographers 1841-1910

Sussex PhotoHistory

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company cdvs

John Jabez Edwin Mayall - biography - bibliography

Southwell Brothers of London

Aaron Vandyke of Liverpool

Marcus Guttenberg

Francis Bedford (1816-1894) Bibliography

Ealing's Victorian Photographic Studios and Photographers

Victorian & Edwardian Photographs - Roger Vaughan Collection


Victorian Professional Photographers in Wales 1850-1925

Glamorgan Photographers

Early Swansea Photography

D. C. Harries - Llandeilo Photographer


History of photography in Edinburgh

Fife Photographers to 1900


National Library of Ireland Photograph Collections

Photographs from the Lafayette Studio

Lawrence Collection

Other countries:

New Zealand

New Zealand Photographers Database (Auckland Library)

Early Otago (New Zealand) Photographers

Early Canterbury (New Zealand) Photographers


French photos and photographers of the 19th century

Database of Dutch CdV Studio Portraits

Euopean Society for the History of Photography


South African Photographers of the 19th Century

North America

Pacific North West and Alaska Photographers

New Jersey Photographers

Directory of Minnesota Photographers

Early St. Louis, Missouri Photographers

Photographers of Ontario


Early West Indies Photographers

PhotoGuide Japan: Photohistory

Nineteenth Century Chinese Photography

Nineteenth Century Korean Photography


Discussion Forum

Thomas Carlyle - Carte de visite and the Carlyle family.

First Post:Thank you for allowing be to join.The following links are to 3 lots of photographs and Carte de Visite which…Continue

Started by Jane Brown Jul 17, 2020.

Covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards 11 Replies

Does anyone know if the thin paper covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards had a name, what were they called? Two of the attached are by Percy Lund & Co, Bradford, England.ThanksTonyContinue

Started by Tony Rackstraw. Last reply by Michael Hocken Apr 23, 2019.

Masonic Image 3 Replies

Any information anyone has on these would be great.

Started by John Ashby. Last reply by John S. Rochon Jan 28, 2019.

French Enamelling

Could anyone tell me anything about the French Enamelling process, or point me in the right direction to find out more. See example here.ThanksSteve L…Continue

Started by Steve Lightfoot Jan 10, 2019.

Two missing albums? 3 Replies

I have been researching a chap named Percy Lund recently. He started the company Lund Humphries, published the Photographers World, Practical Photographer, Junior Photographer, a series of photography books, and was president of the Yorkshire…Continue

Started by Steve Lightfoot. Last reply by Steve Lightfoot Feb 3, 2015.

Cabinet Card Photos

Im looking for 2, preferably, but not exclusively identical Cabinet Card albums of 40 windows apiece to display the `unhoused` element of a big collection of family photos going back to the late 1860s. If anyone any ideas please let me know.Continue

Started by tim williams Nov 6, 2014.

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Comment by John Toohey on June 26, 2012 at 15:46

And a Maltese woman C 1860. No idea who the photographer was although on the other side is a portrait of a Turkish woman.

Comment by John Toohey on June 26, 2012 at 15:42

Here's one by a J Plessix from Lisbon. I know nothing about him or her.

Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on June 26, 2012 at 14:37


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Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on June 26, 2012 at 14:34


Comment by Ron Cosens on June 25, 2012 at 16:41

Manuel - real quality images - beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.


Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on June 25, 2012 at 16:20

Two cdv by Disderi, from my collection

Comment by Ron Cosens on June 25, 2012 at 14:50

Kevin, I have 27 Maltese cdv for swapping or sale.  Do get in touch at  if interested.  Regards Ron

Comment by Ron Cosens on June 25, 2012 at 14:44

Bob, sounds like an exciting album. The earliest UK cdv is likely to be no earlier than 1860. I would be interested is telling you more about it if I could see some scans via 

Cheers Ron

Comment by KEVIN CASHA on June 25, 2012 at 14:40

Thanks Marcel. In fact know all about those maltese photographers. Although I would be interested to see the one of Mrs Conroy as I have very little on her.

regarding th Ellis collection, that is one of the best and excellently catalogued collection available in Malta. It stretches back a lot and is of particular interest to those interested in pictures associated with the British services and navy in Malta.


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