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American Carte-de-Visite Album, last half 19th Century, including: Civil War Officers, Abraham Lincoln, George and Martha Washington, Tom Thumb

American Carte-de-Visite Album, last half 19th Century, including: Civil War Officers, Abraham Lincoln, George and Martha Washington, Tom Thumb

Product Description:

The American/New York carte-de-visite album begun circa 1863, containing Civil War soldiers, presidents including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and personalities including John Brown and Tom Thumb

The album cover impressed with the name "William B. Colkins", interior plate with the inscription "William B. Colkins with the best respects of Christoph Karl, New York, 1863

Comprising, among other CDV cards: George and Martha Washington, General Mansfield, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, General David Hunter, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Monseuir de Lave and Daughter, Mr. Menke, Tom Thumb ("Little Tomi") and his wife Lavinia Warren, Faust and Gretchen, Mr. Clarke, Miss. Dubois, Prince Alfred from England

Condition:

Foxed, with stains, wear and dirt, the cover scuffed, loss to interior front cover. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.

About The Artist:

A carte-de-visite is a 2 1/2 in. x 4 in. photograph originally patented in 1854 by French photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri. Carte-de-Visite photographs were wildly popular and made for decades in countries around the world. The format was an international standard; for the first time, relatives and friends could exchange portraits, knowing they would find a place in the recipient's family album - whether that album was located in Brooklyn, Berlin or Brazil. In addition, unlike earlier photographs made with such processes as the daguerreotype and ambrotype, cartes-de-visites could be sent through the mail without the need for a bulky case and fragile cover-glass.

Their small size also made them relatively inexpensive, and they became so widespread that by 1863 Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes would write, "Card portraits, as everybody knows, have become the social currency, the 'green-backs' of civilization."

Some carte-de-visite photographs are simply photographs of drawings or paintings. For instance, there are no original photographs of George Washington because he died before the technology was invented, so a CDV card of George and Martha Washington is a always a photograph of an artist's depiction of the couple.

Source: The American Museum of Photography

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SKU: 01tj0000002eYbNAAU

 
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American Carte-de-Visite Album, last half 19th Century, including: Civil War Officers, Abraham Lincoln, George and Martha Washington, Tom Thumb

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