Learn about Carte De Visite

The carte de visite was a standard size small albumen photograph, that when mounted on a thicker paper card, measured 2.5 inches (64mm) by 4 inches (100mm).

The advantage over previous methods of photographic reproduction that allowed for only a single reproduction at a time, was that the inventor, Frenchman Adolphe Disderi had patented a photographic method in 1854 using the 'multiplying camera-obscura', that took multiple separate negatives on a single plate thus reducing production costs. Later versions of this camera took 8 and then 12 negatives on a single plate.

The format and cheaper cost meant that for the first time it was economical for relatives and friends to exchange portraits either by hand or by post, no matter where they were located, and from about 1859 their use spread from Paris to other areas of Europe and the Americas.

The popularity of the carte de visite was enhanced through their use by the ruling classes. In 1859 in France photographs of the Emperor Napoleon by the inventor of the carte de visite, Disden, made the first more popular, and the second famous. more...

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Burgess Bushranger Gang 1866 Carte de Visite by Captain Coulston showing the Victorian bushrangers Philip Levy, Richard Burgess, Thomas Kelly (Noon) & Joseph Thomas Sullivan, most famous for the Maungatapu Murders in New Zealand , plus a 1924 book on t

Batchelder and O'Neill photographers: Carte-de-VIsite photograph depicting William Landsborough and two Aboriginal trackers, Jemmy and Jack Fisherman. circa 1862. Landsborough led a search for Burke and Wills after their disappearance.10 x 6.5 cm

Carte de Visite photographs by Ballarat photographers, includes one showing a carriage in front of a house; and another of a man wearing what appears to be a masonic collar.

Carte de Visite photographs (175) by Victorian photographers, one an earlier tintype photograph.

Carte de Visite photographs (198) & Cabinet Card photographs (30) by Australian photographers, plus range earlier tintype photographs (10).

Foy Brothers (Thames). Portrait of a young Ngati Maru woman wearing korowhai and hei tiki. Original carte de visite, c. 1865

The Glew collection of rare carte de visite/ albumen prints by Elizabeth Pulmen, Auckland, c1870's. Print sizes generally: 90 x 5.5 cm. Three images have been cropped to an oval by the photographer. Mild fading and wear to prints. This exceptional collecti

Piggoreet Murder: Facinating group of 19th century photograph including 3 captioned carte de visites of the murder scene near Ballarat showing where Mr Ballan shot Mr T Ulicke Burke, 'Black trackers finding the pistol', 'The exact spot.....', & 'The tree f

Aboriginal carte de visite by S.Duesbury of Brisbane c1870; carte de visite, 'One Thousand Portraits of Living & Historical Celebrities'; J.W.Lindt cabinet portrait of a gent; & a carte de visite portrait.(4 items)

Charles Darwin: printed autograph on carte de visite by Elliott and Fry of London c1870. good condition

Cricket Carte de visite: Photo portrait of a seated cricketer (c1865) by Rodgers of Hamilton Ohio. Sitters name & some details also on the reverse in ink (William Lauder?). Rare piece. Corners trimmed

Group of 'Carte-de-visite' photographs. Many early Australian photographers including Nettleton, [Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and the U.K.]. (83)

Large collection of carte de visite including Portraits by N.J. Caire

Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), two Carte-De-Visite photographs by Johnstone O'Shanessy & Co. Melbourne, taken c1880 when she was about 19, one endorsed on reverse 'Nellie Mitchell (Melba) with Amos Norcott' (Norcott became secretary of Melbourne Football C

Cartes De Visite, three taken by Maryborough Qld photographers, noted tintype carte De visite endorsed on reverse 'Mr.King, Bundaberg'; carte De visite endorsed on front 'Maud Hay, Gayndah'; carte De visite of girl; plus another carte De visite endorsed on

An album comprising 184 albumen paper photographs, circa 1880, various photographers including John William Lindt the main body of photographs depicts a number of subjects and locations in Australia and New Zealand, incorporating images of ships at both th

Cartes De Visite - Aborigines: 'Queensland Aboriginals, Photographed Direct From Life By E.H.Forster, at His Studio, Maryborough', two cartes De visite photographs, one showing two aboriginal women with a man, other showing young aboriginal woman. (2 items

An interesting album of late 19th early 20th century photographs, postcards and Cartes Vistas, including images of buffalo bill (photograph), Actors of the stage, Della Ray (signed), Mary Pickford, Mabel Hurst, Nellie Jackson (signed) Charlie Chaplin (cart

Two Australian Cartes de Visite. W.Keene, taken June 2, 1868 in the Studio of T. D. Webb, Launceston; railway worker, taken in the Studio of David Scott, Sydney. Albumin photograph 10 x 6 cm (each )

Carte-de-visite album of embossed leather containing forty civil war period carte-de-visite's including Gen Winfield Scott, John Wilkes Booth, the Wisconsin eagle, old Abe, the Humiston children, other soldiers, politicians, women etc

Photographer unknown,: Aboriginal couple in European clothes, carte de visite, c1870s

G. W. Perry, Melbourne: 'In Memory of the Rev'd William Hill, Wesleyan Minister, who met with a violet death at the hands of a prisoner, whilst visiting as chaplain, in the Pentridge Stockade, May 13th 1869. Aged 45 Years.' carte de visite, c1870. (Nb: the

Otto von Hartitzsch, Rundle St., Adelaide: 'A Native Pickinina with child' carte de visite, c1869-75

C. E. Bevan, Edward St., Brisbane: 'Native Blackfellow' carte de visite, c1868

C. E. Bevan, Edward St, Brisbane: 'Native Gin (Australia)' carte de visite

Robinson's patent photograph album, D. Millard & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; wood-body, metal and white-glass fittings, containing a strip of carte-de-visite photographs, visible through a glass window, exterior handles for changing moving the images, the

New Zealand : 'Panorama of Christchurch N.Z. From Cathedral Tower 1881' by E.Wheeler & Son (Christchurch, 1881), accordian-fold album with 10-part panorama, with additional tipped in albumen photograph of Christchurch Cathedral, and Carte-de-Visite photogr

Collection of 19th century carte de visite and cabinet portrait photographs

Collection of carte de visite, cabinet portraits, postcards and photographs, examples by Caire, portraits, buildings, and shops etc

Australian Aboriginal CDVs c1900, pair of pictures (male and female) by Duryea Photographer 253 Fulton Street Brooklyn N.Y

Tasmanian Aboriginal Carte de Visits 'The Last Tasmanians' four photographs comprising, Truganinni (2), William Lanney or 'King Billy', Truganinni King Billy and other female. Three by photographer Charles Wolley, Hobart Town, other by H.H.Baily, Hobart To

Richard Hart (older brother of Steve Hart, a member of the Kelly Gang killed at the siege of Glenrowan): carte de visit photograph of Richard Hart & John Hart, by Stevenson & McNicoll of Melbourne, c1880. Richard Hart appears to have a revolver in his pock

Manning & Knight Carte de Visite, Aboriginal mother and child, albumen paper photograph 9.5 x 6 cm

Photographer unknown Senegalese woman (c1870s) albumen paper photograph glued to board (cdv) 5.5 x 9.0 cm Credit stamps to verso

Collection of Studio photographs. Ballarat and Sandhurst studios including Chevalier, Bardwell, Bent, Willets, Bartlett Bros. Etc. Carte de visite and cabinet portrait sizes.

Superintendent Francis Hare (senior officer when Ned Kelly captured at Glenrowan): carte de visit photograph of Hare by Bardwell of Melbourne, c1880; plus 8 other CDVs by Victorian photographers including H. Clenny of Ballarat East, Geo. Richards of Ballar

Sergeant Michael Kennedy (shot by Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek): Carte de Visite photograph of Sergeant Kennedy by J.E. Bray of Beechworth, 1878, with tie hand-painted in blue, and watch chain highlighted in gold (the watch stolen by Ned Kelly after murd

Cobb & Co./horses: carte de visit photograph of James Freeman, American Co-owner of Cobb & Co. Wearing his preferred long woollen duster, by Leale of Ararat c1874; 1880 carte de visit photograph of horse 'Aurora Floyd' & owner, by G. Bridle of Melbourne; c

Parramatta: three Carte-de-Visite photographs c1865 by 'Victoria portrait gallery, C. Tuke, Photographer, church Street, Parammatta', one showing a picture of two bushrangers holding up a stage coach; other two showing a stately local home and proud owners

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