Category Archives: photography

New Finds

A recent trip to a local antiques fair provided a few new CDVs, all interesting for different reasons. The first one was unusual as it is an invitation to provide photographs for an album. It is decorated with images of Queen … Continue reading

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Around the world

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Since our site attracts international interest, here are some of the photographers in the “Photographers Worldwide” section of the blog. While many of my non-British cartes de visite come from Europe, there are other from the Americas, including the Caribbean,  … Continue reading


A Big Thank You…

  …To all those who drop in on my blog. Over New Year we reached 100,000 views, not bad going for a small site. Let’s hope 2018 will be even more successful. Don’t forget, if you want more information about … Continue reading



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  A Greetings Card from the 1890s, extending best wishes to all our visitors, from across the centuries. Happy New Year, Everyone.  

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Winter Warmers

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As the chill winds of winter begin to blow, I’ve looked back to see what the Victorians wore to keep themselves warm. The first image shows a small child enveloped in her fur-trimmed coat, with matching cape and what maybe … Continue reading

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A Double Take

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As photography took centre stage in the 19th century dubious practices began to creep in. Such was the competition for customers, people were often accosted in the street, at fairs and race meetings by snappers hungry for sitters. Some photographers … Continue reading

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And the Parrot came too

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When you think of Victorian family portraits, animals aren’t the first thing that spring to mind. Usually a group would consist of  husband and wife or parents with their brood of children. Granny and Grandpa, as well as uncles aunts … Continue reading