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About qvictoria

A collector of Victorian photographs for many a long year. I'm interested in both the individual photographs and the studio advertising on the 'backs' of the images, Victorian graphic design at its most varied and interesting. My collection of "cartes de visite" photographs is housed in plastic pockets within a series of albums, numerically arranged in order as they are acquired. There are now roughly 3000 photographers and images in all. I use directories, newspapers and genealogical information to research the life and work of each photographer and their studio but there aren't enough hours in the day. This photo is one of my collection, chosen for the gentle expression in the face of the sitter.

Gifts for Xmas

Christmas 2018 brought me three new carte de visite photographs, one from Sebastapol by M. Mazur, one by B. Notkovich from Slomin, Belarus, and the third from the studio of Done & Ball in London. Also included was a cabinet … Continue reading

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Getting ready to party?

With the Festive Season approaching, here are a few Victorian images of people who could be on their way to a jolly social event. Not that you would know it from their faces. After all, it wasn’t the done thing … Continue reading

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New acquisitions (& welcome, new followers)

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Here are some recent finds for the collection. The next step will be to ascribe dates to each example and hopefully find out more about the photographers. I particularly like the Boak & Sons example, with its illustration of their … Continue reading

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Men of War

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  As we here in Britain prepare to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War, I thought it might be appropriate to show some of the military personnel from my collection. The first two in the … Continue reading

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Not just British photographers

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Looking at my blog, you might think that I only collect photographers from the British Isles. But no, I have a wide-ranging collection from countries all over the world, the Americas, Africa,the Antipodes, The East and of course all over … Continue reading

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Heavenly Hosts

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As can be seen from the following examples, cherubs were a popular theme in carte de visite backstamps.  These ethereal creatures were often shown as manipulators of photographic equipment like camera or plates as in the cartes from H. Harper … Continue reading

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Victorian babies

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Photographs of Victorian children are many and varied. Newborn babies and toddlers are recorded, usually anonymously. Swathed in christening robes, posed on furry rugs, their mother’s knee, or in one instance in a basket, they glance out at us from … Continue reading

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