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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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Latest Activity: Feb 6

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 14, 2011 at 21:55

Hi, thanks for inviting me aboard Marcel. Well done for setting up this valuable group. Always happy to collaborate with researching if I can.

Although my core interest is in UK and Irish cdv/cabs I do have many from other countries so might be able to help out with info - or repatriation!

My REAL, REAL interest is in dating cdv so I am always looking for dated UK examples to further my researches using the format/design of the photographic mounts. Any info always much appreciated.


Comment by Marcel Safier on November 14, 2011 at 20:57

One of the best private archives containing over 35000 French cartes de visite is owned by Francois Boisjoly in Lyon. Francois has released a book on the carte de visite in France "La Photo-carte" that could be perhaps best described as a French version of Darrah's book "Cartes De Visite in Nineteenth Century Photography". Francois has also produced a directory of 19th century photographers of Paris "Répertoire des photographes parisiens du XIXème siècle", a lovely book and the first of a series that will cover all of France. The next volume with feature photographers of the French territories "Répertoire des photographes français d’Outre-Mer au XIXe siècle". I have contributed data on some photographers active in Tahiti. The books and Francois' database of French photographers can be accessed via his site Cheers! Marcel.

Comment by Graham Wood on November 14, 2011 at 16:20

Thanks Marcel

Carte de visite have been a long neglected part of my collection - i will have to renew my interest in them and see what there is in the boxes - mainly UK interest .


Comment by Nuno Borges de Araújo on November 14, 2011 at 14:07

Thank you for your invitation Marcel. 
My research is about Portuguese Photographic History (before ca. 1910). CVs are an important format during this period, and Portuguese ones have much in common with foreign ones, as they belong to the same cultural horizon: image aesthetics, printing and mounting techniques, card forms and decorative motives.

Comment by Hugh Ashley Rayner on November 14, 2011 at 9:54

I'm researching the History of Photography in India; for which, cdv's are a prime resource for identifying otherwise unknown commercial studios. I would appreciate anyone who comes across Indian studio cdv's, especially the more obscure ones, passing the details on to me, just in case I don't already know about them.

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 14, 2011 at 9:54

It has not yet been widely publicised in photohistory circles but the site contains the most comprehensive database of British photographers in existence (that I know of). It has been compiled by Ron Cosens who has the biggest collection of British cdvs and cabinet photos (~200 000) and Ron has databased the information from them and substantially augmented that with directory research by Sandy Barrie (from Ipswich, Australia) and genealogical, photo, newspaper and other data from me plus further information from other contributors including the relations of photographers. A photographer/studio name listing appears on the site although specific address and date data is available on a paid basis. We are compiling a side list of mainly carte de visite photographers active in GB & Ireland who also worked in Australia and New Zealand and would be happy to hear from people with names or queries. I have focussed on a seperate list for photographers that worked in South Africa and we are interested in photographers who worked elsewhere in the world. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Gael Newton on November 14, 2011 at 8:24

Luv them little cdv critters....

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 14, 2011 at 3:00

I am researching the history of the carte de visite in Australia for eventual publication but I have an avid interest in the history of this format in Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and France as well as many other parts of the world.


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