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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

Backing cards - how widely distributed? 16 Replies

A basic question - I'm still learning about cdvs! I presume photographers would buy in a stock of cards for their prints. But would a Lancashire photographer conceivably buy cards from e.g. Bristol Portrait Company? I seem to have found exactly that…Continue

Started by jo hague. Last reply by PetworthPenthouse Aug 22, 2021.

Rejlander CDV 3 Replies

For a book on Rejlander & Victorian photography I am looking for his CDV photos. I coudn't find any CDV from his studio in Wolverhampton & there very few from his studios in London.  But there should be a lot of them. Maybe you have some CDV…Continue

Started by Bernd Stiegler. Last reply by Bernd Stiegler Feb 4, 2021.

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.

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Comment by Geoff Blackwell on February 6, 2023 at 22:14

CDVs from USA with 'Suntax' 1864-1866 are widely recognised but can anyone help with information relating to a similar situation in Bulgaria, around 1901. I have acquired a CDV with a Revenue (?) stamp folded around the middle of vertical edge. Curiously, it is franked on the front, somewhat defacing the image. Can anyone provide any information, please?.  

Comment by Malcolm Batty on November 16, 2020 at 13:02

I have been collecting CDVs of London Studios for years and now have about 400. The one that I am really looking for is BATTY, my great grandfather, who had studios in Stratford, Wood Green and Leytonstone before moving to Clacton-on-Sea. Any news would be welcomed

Comment by James Morley on June 5, 2013 at 11:49

Edit: I now find out they had already been in touch!

Comment by James Morley on June 5, 2013 at 10:13

Thanks for highlighting that Marcel, and of course to Ron for creating such a great resource. It's of particular interest as some of my own family were photographed in Bown's studio. See

Through those photos I was also contacted by another Flickr member saying he was Henry Bown's great great grandson and was researching the studio. I have dropped him a note to make sure he sees this.

Comment by Marcel Safier on June 4, 2013 at 13:25

Henry Bown - London photographer

A new biography of Henry Bown, mainly based in Bermondsey has just been published at In addition there are examples of his carte de visite output including interesting graphics on the rear of his mounts, from the collection of site owner Ron Cosens.

Comment by Sheila Whittingham on January 22, 2013 at 9:41

Thankyou john

What an interesting photograph.My ancestor came home with a Russian wife although he had a legal wife in England, and I have to smile when I have two death certs. of two ladies both claiming to be his widow.!! I dont suppose I will find out exactly where his studio was or who he worked for  papers supplied by the House of Commons archives just stated he was advised to leave Moscow as the British couldn't guarantee his safety, and he and his wife were imprisoned for 24 hours in Moscow.


Comment by John Toohey on January 21, 2013 at 19:11

Maybe not a lead but a possibility. These come from Baku, C1910, when Azerbaijan was the largest oil producer in the world and quite a few Europeans (including Alfred Nobel) worked there. English photographers working in Moscow might go to Baku since that was where the money was.

Comment by John Toohey on January 21, 2013 at 19:07

Comment by Sheila Whittingham on January 21, 2013 at 13:51

Thanks Marcel,Ron.

I do have all details of all  my ancestors photographic activities in England.I was just wondering if there was some kind of list of early 20th. cent.Moscow photographers.... do have a photo by my Moscow chappie and you sent me a copy some years back.Camile Roman Stortz.I have been researching the three gents for nearly 10 years,they are Philip Christian Stortz, my g.g.Grandfather, his son Camile, and another great Grandfather's cousin named Thomas Cowdrey.

Comment by Ron Cosens on January 21, 2013 at 10:50

Happy to help.  Ron


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