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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 Marcel Safier on January 21, 2013 at 9:46

Hello Sheila, perhaps we can start by you revealing the names of your photographer relations? I assist Ron Cosens, who is on this list and who has a massive database of British photographers (his website is Whilst we may not have info from within Russia we may very well have info on your relations' activities within Great Britain. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Sheila Whittingham on January 21, 2013 at 9:10


I recently joined the group,as I am researching the three photographers in my family and wondered if there is any information on early 20th century photographers in Moscow.? My great grandmothers brother was a photographer around the home counties in different  towns, but sometime around 1904 he disapears from British records and resurfaces, coming back on a refugee ship in 1920 from Moscow fleeing the revolution, passenger list has him as Photographer.I have many details, but just wondered if I could pin down the years he was in Moscow.

Regards Sheila.

Comment by Rob Whalley on November 29, 2012 at 19:01

Hi, I've just joined the group. This winter I am trying to bring to fruition my long standing and rather parochial interest in the early photographers in and around Blackburn, Lancashire. I'd be interested in hearing from any member who might have any such cdvs (or any other images for that matter) or who might be able to point me in the right direction.

Just over a year ago Marcel provided links to David Simkin's excellent websites. On there I found his favourable review of a book by Bernard & Pauline Heathcote, A Faithful Likeness -  The First Photographic Portrait Studios in the British Isles 1841 to 1855, published in 2002. You may already be aware of it, but I wasn't. David kindly sent me an extract and it seemed quite well referenced. I've now tracked down a website still selling it and I have just ordered a copy (£10.99 + p&p). Here is a link if you would like to follow it up - A Faithful Likeness. Regards, Rob.

Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on August 14, 2012 at 1:00

Christiano Junior (José Christiano de Freitas Henriques Junior) born in Azores, Flores Island, c. 1832, dead in Assunción, Paraguai, 19 November 1902. He lives and works in many places in Brasil and  in Argentina..

•1860 c - Abre o seu estúdio em Maceió, na Rua do Commercio.
•1863 - Christiano Junior, rua d’Ajuda, Rio de Janeiro, Imperio do BrasilJ
•1864 - Christiano Junior & Miranda Photographia do Commercio, rua de S. Pedro, 69, Rio de Janeiro, Imperio do Brasil
•1865 - Christiano Junior & Fernando, Rua da Quitanda 45, Rio de Janeiro, Imperio do Brasil
•1865 – Participa na EXPOSIÇÃO INTERNACIONAL DO PORTO , integrado na representação do Império do Brasil.
•1866 - Christiano Junior , Rua da Quitanda 45, Rio de Janeiro, Imperio do Brasil
•1867 / 1875 - Christiano Junior & Pacheco , Rua da Quitanda 45, Rio de Janeiro, Imperio do Brasil.
Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on August 13, 2012 at 19:50
Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on August 13, 2012 at 19:48
Comment by KEVIN CASHA on June 29, 2012 at 18:40

it could be John, although the floor in the photo is quite reminiscent of studios in Malta, which used that type of tile. Will inform you if I find more by following this trace.

Comment by John Toohey on June 27, 2012 at 10:17

As a general rule Kevin, only Turkish women from the nobility were photographed in the 1860s. She could very well be an Armenian or Greek Christian or even a foreigner dressed in Turkish costume. I notice the Maltese photo says "Maltese dress" not "Maltese woman". Could that mean she is not from Malta?

Comment by KEVIN CASHA on June 27, 2012 at 9:30

thanks for posting, John. I have a feeling it must have been some photostudio who had traditional costumes as a selling point for his portraits. The Maltese costume is a typical Maltese noble lady, and yes, it would be circa 1860\1870

Comment by John Toohey on June 27, 2012 at 8:16

Hi Kevin. Here's the backside. I've seen lots like this from various photographers who visited Constantinople. It could have even been taken by a Constantinople photographer.


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