Kittie in Chebanse, Illinois (1882)

This CDV was made by George C. Hunter of Chebanse, a small town just south of Chicago.  A note on the back says, "Lovingly, Kittie. Nov 9th, 1882." According to U.S. Census data found on the Wikipedia page of Chebanse, in 1880 the village had a population of 723.  In 1890 the population had dropped... Continue Reading →

Young nun in Bourgogne

This ethereal CDV portrait was made by A. Brossut of Digoin, Bourgogne (Burgundy).  The young woman isn't identified.  I found a few references online to "A. Brossut, éditeur," but no other information about the photographer.  

Tennis and tea in Hampshire, England

Since the U.S. Open tennis championship is ending this weekend, here's a CDV from the relatively early days of the sport.  The family isn't identified, but the photo was taken by Samuel Whitbread of Havant, Hampshire.  CDVs were common from the 1860s through the 1880s, and I haven't found dates for Whitbread's studio, so it's... Continue Reading →

Amanda Sanford, M.D. (1883)

An inscription in pencil on the back of this carte-de-visite says simply: "Dr. Sanford 1883."  She was easy to identify, and her individual story is fascinating and inspiring.  I also learned that Dr. Sanford's life and career were closely connected to those of other pioneering women in medicine and in other fields who supported and... Continue Reading →

Man with banjo

This CDV (carte de visite) came from an antiques shop in Massachusetts.  CDVs declined in popularity in the 1870s with the advent of larger cabinet cards, but the format remained common into the 1880s.  The albumen print process was used for both formats.  

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