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...In England in 1860, a set of 14 portraits of the Royal Family, comprising Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children bound into a Royal Album was an immediate success, and hundreds of thousands were sold. During the Civil War in America photos of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and other celebrities of the era were instant hit in the North..
Most cartes de visite depict individuals or groups in a studio setting, although some landscape examples do exist.
However the era of the carte de visite was short-lived. After the peak period of popularity between 1863 and 1877, production waned. Other types of photographs, such as the larger cabinet card slowly replaced the carte de visit as the preferred method of recording family portraits. Both the carte de visite and cabinet card became redundant with the invention of the Brownie camera by Kodak in the 20th century, and the services of a professional photographer were no longer required to produce a photograph.
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Tasmania: A collection of 1870s-90s albumen photographs laid down on pages or card, various sizes. Subjects mostly annotated in a contemprary hand and include 'Abandoned Penal Establishment, Salt Water River', Hobart Town Harbour 6th April 1880,
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 th
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
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)
Photographs, ex the Norm de Pomeroy collection, from three signficant rail Tours: 1958 last train to Thorpdale (20); 1962 last train to beech Forest (11); 1974 Nowingi-Millewa south line (21). G/VG. (52 items)
Quarter-plate Union case 'Roger de Coverly and the Gypsies Fortune' by A.P. Critchlow & Company, black, containing an ambrotype to interior of a mother, father and daughter, some darkening, old repair to top edge of case case 10.3 cm high x 12.7 cm wide x
Two boxed sets of French Tissue stereoscopic views of La Coupe du Roi de Thule and Robert Le Diable Robert de diable, maker: B.K, Paris, circa 1870s, presented on embossed pink mounts, hand tinted, set of twelve housed in red and blue cardboard envelope sh
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
Two rare carte vista, Abraham Lincoln & Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale, with stamp verso Mr Kilburn 222. Rgent Street, Abraham Lincoln with signiature verso and stamped J. Oldershaw, faded and with dirt to suface 5.7 cm. x 9 & 6 x 9
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
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
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
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
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