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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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Going Places

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A collection of 19th century carte de visite photographs might be seen as no more than a series of images taken by long-dead photographers. However, look a little closer and a theme begins to appear. Many c-d-vs indicate that if … Continue reading

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New Finds

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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

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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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