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Carte de visite

Type of small photograph with the size of a visiting card / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The carte de visite[1] (French: [kaʁt də vizit], visiting card), abbreviated CdV, was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854, although first used by Louis Dodero.[2][3] Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were commonly traded among friends and visitors in the 1860s. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons.

Box with cartes de visite of members of the Regout family, Netherlands, c. 1865
1859 carte de visite of Napoleon III by Disdéri, which popularized the CdV format
Carte de visite of John Wilkes Booth; circa 1863, by Alexander Gardner