The piano tuner (Wales)

The young man appearing on this carte-de-visite could be certain everyone would remember his profession.  You might even say he was in tune with the latest trends in advertising and self-promotion.  The one thing he neglected to do was write his name on the back, which is a pity. The CDV was made by James... Continue Reading →

A summer idyll, interrupted

We can see from this scene that parents have overreacted to teenage behavior since at least the 1850s.  A girl and a boy lounge in the grass.  A basket of wildflowers lies at the girl's feet.  The boy innocently offers her a small bouquet.  Meanwhile, the girl's father discovers them and charges through the bushes... Continue Reading →

Workers in South Shields, England

Here's another occupational carte-de-visite from England.  It looks like an early one, maybe early 1870s. At the mouth of the River Tyne on the North Sea, South Shields was a major shipbuilding center from the 1850s onward.  The photo was taken in an industrial setting, possibly a shipyard, by a photographer from the studio of... Continue Reading →

Swedish secrets

This carte-de-visite was made by Jacob Lundbergh (1828-1904) in Stockholm.  According to his Swedish Wikipedia page, he worked as a professional photographer for eleven years (1861-1872), becoming famous for his portraits of actors, singers and other cultural figures.  His brother, Bernhard Lundbergh, was an opera singer with the Royal Theater.

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