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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 Ron Cosens on November 21, 2011 at 20:42

Sebastion - I have two or three Japanese portrait cdv from Nagasaki that you can have gratis if you want them.  Ron

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 19, 2011 at 6:48

The history of photography in Edinburgh with a list of photographers is covered on Pete Stubb's site Edinphoto The site has stimulated contact and input from a number of cdv photographer's relations. 19th century photographers of Fife are listed on the Fife Family History Society's website:

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 17, 2011 at 15:39

Thanks Sebastian. I have found Japanese cdvs hard to source from Australia and have just a few in my collection. I have a number of reference works on Japanese photography, the ones covering the cdv era being, "History of Japanese Photography" by Anne Wilkes Tucker et al and, "Early Japanese Images", "Old Japanese Photographs. Collector's Data Guide" and "Photography in Japan 1853-1912" all by Terry Bennett (who will be visiting Australian soon). I think the latter of Terry's books gives the best coverage on cdvs. Are their any other suggested titles that cover the history of the cdv in Japan? Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Sebastian Dobson on November 17, 2011 at 10:11

Thanks for invitation Marcel! I have always been interested in the cdv format, especially in relation to its introduction and circulation in nineteenth-century Japan.

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 17, 2011 at 10:05

South African photographers of the 19th Century are detailed on Heather McAllister's site Some of this info correlates closely with research by Dr. Arthur Bensusan whose collection of photographica is held at the Bensusan Museum of Photography in Johannesburg. I have substantially augmented the list with my own research but do not have permission to place it on line. I welcome enquiries however. I have been corresponding with Carol Hardijzer of Pretoria on this research. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 15, 2011 at 20:53

There are some excellent resources on Dutch cdvs available, firstly the web site LCPD: Leiden 19th-Century Portrait Database. A Database of 21094 Dutch Carte de Visite Studio Portraits CdV's (1860-1914) and also the newly published book by Steve Wachlin "Photographers in the Netherlands" which is a two volume, hard covered reference work of commercial photographers, born before 1900, who worked in the Netherlands. There are nearly 3000 entries and about as many illustrations, mostly cdvs but also postcards, newspaper advertisements etc. The cost is 99 Euros including local postage but extra for outside the Netherlands. Currently it has to be ordered through the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Dick Wood on November 15, 2011 at 20:25

I avidly collect cartes that pertain to Alaska history. I started collecting and researching early Alaska photography about 25 years ago. I'd appreciate leads on any that become available! Thanks. Dick Wood, Juneau, Alaska.

Comment by Keith Giles on November 15, 2011 at 20:12

Hi Marcel. Besides hosting the NZ Photographers Database, The Sir George Grey Special Collections has several hundred files on individual photographers and photographic partnerships which in many cases include information and material which does not appear in the database. So if you've a question about an NZ photographer, it's worth asking!

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 15, 2011 at 12:28

Thanks Keith. To your list we should add Tony's two excellent blogs that include many cdv scans: and I have quite a few reseaarch files on New Zealand photographers, especially those with Australian connections and around 800 NZ cdvs. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Keith Giles on November 14, 2011 at 21:57

For researchers interested in the carte de visite in New Zealand, have a look at the NZ Photographers' Database


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