I’ve been collecting cartes-de-visite photographs for some years now. These are small photographic images from the second half of the 19th century and are a window on the world of Victorian society.
My main interests, however, are the names and studios of the photographers who produced these images. Therefore I have collected data from all over Britain relating to 19th century photographers and set them out in alphabetical order, with open-ended dates where known. Trade directories are my main source for these dates, as is census material.
The backs of c-d-vs are minor works of art in their own right. They show name, address and services offered by the studio and can be invaluable if there was a photographer in your family tree, if you need to date an old family photo or if you just appreciate graphic design. All the names recorded in the main lists relate to c-d-v photos in my collection. Some images of trade cards and named sitters are already available to view, just follow the links at the top of the home page.
I will add more of these images, backs and fronts, in the course of time and hope you enjoy venturing into the world of our 19th century ancestors.
Almost all the photographers listed on this blog are from my own collection. This means that if you find a photographer who is of interest to you, I can scan in his or her trade card for you to see. Or you may be more interested in the images that the photographers produced, if so, they also can be scanned in for you to see
The exceptions are those mentioned in ‘Miscellaneous jottings’, which are based on information passed on by followers of the blog.
A selection of photographers trade cards is already available to view. Just follow the link – Photographer’s trade cards’.
A gallery of ‘named sitters’ is also included. These are quite rare as very few 19th century photos carried the name of the subject. Again, the link is found at the head of this page.
There is a wealth of info. on the site, both factual and visual, so go ahead, CLICK THE LINKS above and see what you can discover. If all else fails, I can also access trade directories for most of England and Wales to establish a timeline of when specific photographers and their studios were in business.