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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.

In search of Mrs Arthy

The image above is one that I recently rediscovered among my collection of 19th century photographs. It was taken by Mr J. Hawke at his studio in George Street, Plymouth, England, around the middle of the 1870s. Someone at the … Continue reading

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National costume

The idea of this blog was to show a variety of national costumes from photographs in my collection. However, although the collection amounts to several thousand images, these set out below are the only ones that have sitters in national … Continue reading

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Bonnets and Bowlers

In the Victorian era wearing a hat was almost obligatory whenever you stepped outside your own front door. Ladies of the period took most advantage of this unwritten rule. The type of hat would often vary with the age of … Continue reading

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From the Mediterranean

After a recent holiday on a Mediterranean island, I have chosen several 19th century photographers from the general area as images for this post. The first two images are cartes from Seville, Spain, and Florence, Italy. The Spanish image is … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

Our garden is full of spring flowers and that provided the inspiration for this month’s blog. Flowers, along with other plants, and birds, were a favourite theme for the ‘carte de visite’ designs of Victorian photographers. As can be seen … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Evidence

As anyone who collects old photographs will know, there is often nothing to tell us either the name of the sitter or the date on which the image was captured. However, the examples below all have inscriptions that tell us … Continue reading

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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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