Photograph Collections


Introduced to the United States from Europe in the late 1850s, the carte-de-visite (CDV) image got its name from the fact that it was roughly the same size as a formal calling card (about 2 inches by 4 inches). The carte-de-visite format became wildly popular in the United States in the 1850s and 1860s. The CDV consisted of a photograph (often an albumen paper print) glued to a square-cornered card only slightly larger than the print. The cards often carried the photographer's name embossed on the front or printed on the back of the card

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