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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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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
London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company cdvs
John Jabez Edwin Mayall - biography - bibliography
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
D. C. Harries - Llandeilo Photographer
History of photography in Edinburgh
National Library of Ireland Photograph Collections
Photographs from the Lafayette Studio
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
Pacific North West and Alaska Photographers
Directory of Minnesota Photographers
Early St. Louis, Missouri Photographers
Early West Indies Photographers
PhotoGuide Japan: Photohistory
Nineteenth Century Chinese Photography
Nineteenth Century Korean Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any information anyone has on these would be great.
Started by John Ashby. Last reply by John S. Rochon Jan 28, 2019.
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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Sebastion - I have two or three Japanese portrait cdv from Nagasaki that you can have gratis if you want them. Ron
The history of photography in Edinburgh with a list of photographers is covered on Pete Stubb's site Edinphoto www.edinphoto.org.uk. 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: http://www.fifefhs.org/Records/photographers.htm.
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
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.
South African photographers of the 19th Century are detailed on Heather McAllister's site http://ancestry24.com/photographers-south-africa. 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
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)http://nies.liacs.nl:1860 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 http://18.104.22.168/lang/EN. Cheers! Marcel
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.
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!
Thanks Keith. To your list we should add Tony's two excellent blogs that include many cdv scans: http://earlyotagophotographers.blogspot.com and http://canterburyphotography.blogspot.com. I have quite a few reseaarch files on New Zealand photographers, especially those with Australian connections and around 800 NZ cdvs. Cheers! Marcel
For researchers interested in the carte de visite in New Zealand, have a look at the NZ Photographers' Database
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