Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Subject Source: Art & Architecture ThesaurusScope Note: Small-format photographs affixed to card stock, popular in the mid-19th century. They went out of fashion in the 1870s. The photographs were typically portraits and the image was a standard size of 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; they were generally produced by a multiple-lens camera that created several images on a single full-sized negative plate. Full-size prints from the plate were cut into sections measuring 4 x 2 1/2 inches, and the pieces were often mounted on cards, which initially served as visitors' cards; it later became the custom to exchange them on birthdays and holidays, and to collect cartes-de-visite of friends, family members, and celebrities in albums. Examples are card photographs patented by the Parisian photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri in 1854 and similar items produced by Mathew B. Brady and other photographers.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box 1, Folder: 10
Scope and Contents Collection of historic photographs, stereograph cards, cabinet photographs, and cartes-de-visites collected by Middlebury Special Collections. The collection includes images taken from 1870 onward. Subjects include the Middle East, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Palestine, Egypt, India, pornography, and various individuals seated for portraits. Portraits in the collection incude Middle Eastern studio portraits as well as approximately 45 black and white studio portraits taken in New England...
Dates: circa 1880-