Guide to the Carte de Visite Collection, ca. 1860-ca.1880
Special Collections & Archives
California State University, NorthridgeFinding aid completed: June 25, 2013
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Collection Title: Carte de Visite Collection
Dates: ca. 1860-ca.1880
Physical Description: 0.20 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Cartes de visite are a small type of photograph patented in Paris, France in the 1850s, made when a photograph printed on thin paper is mounted onto a thicker piece of paper. Cartes de visite were printed in a standard size, 2 1/8" by 3 1/2", and mounted on a standard-sized piece of paper, 2 1/2" by 4". Usually featuring individuals rather than landscapes or other subjects, cartes de visite were inexpensive in comparison with other photographic prints available at the time, and were enormously popular throughout the 1860s. They were sometimes displayed in sitting rooms, or traded between friends and acquaintances as a popular Victorian hobby. The collection consists of 11 cartes de visite.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
B. P. Batchelder Photographic Art Place
Henfield's New Photographic Gallery
Higgins' Photographic Gallery
Mains & Clements
Miltz & Swart
S. L. McFarlin's Photographic Gallery
Batchelder, B. P. (Benjamin Pierce), 1826-1891
Griffiths, Philip William
Henfield, J. H. (John H.), approximately 1842-
Higgins, Edgerton Ryerson
Jacobs, James Monroe
McFarlin, Solon L.
Miltz, Theodore G.
Swart, John H.
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The collection is open for research use.
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The Carte de Visite Collection consists of 11 cartes de visite taken at several different photography studios in Los Angeles, Stockton, San Francisco, and other parts of California, including Mains & Clements, Henfield's New Photographic Gallery, Higgins' Photographic Gallery, Miltz & Swart, J. M. Jacobs, S. L. McFarlin's Photographic Gallery, B. P. Batchelder Photographic Art Place, and The Elite Gallery. They are all of men and women in California during the 1860s and 1870s.