Title Wide-eyed mouth open CDV Prescott & White Hartford CT
Jacket Condition --
Seller ID 1178786
Printed back. 368 Main.
Headline Listing Format:
Subject / Type of Photo / Photographer or Studio / City & State / Date, if known.
THUS, if we stated: “Bob Evans mustache & specs CDV Leonard: Swampoodle MA 1889” according to the Headline Listing Format, this would translate to mean that the photo shown is a photo of Bob Evans with mustache & spectacles in carte de visite format taken by Leonard [photographic studio] in Swampoodle MA in 1889.
Always, the name stated AFTER the type of photo [CDV, Cabinet card, tintype, etc.] is the name of the Studio or Photographer who took the picture.
Dimensions given, if any, are approximate. Scans large to show any defects. Unseen defects described. Item complete as issued unless otherwise stated. VG or better condition.
NOTE: Every single piece of information we have on this item is contained in this description, including the name of the person, if known; if a name for the person is given, it is written on the front or back of the picture in ink or pencil, either originally at the time of the photo, or, in some cases, by us when we remove a photograph from an album in which identifications are written on the pages, not on the photos themselves. We also do not invent names for these people, so please do not ask “How do you know this is J*** S***?” We would not say who it is unless we did know based on the information on the picture itself. And finally, we cannot, due to staff and time limitations, scan picture backs if they are not shown. What we judge to be important backs are scanned and shown in the auction description.br>
Origin on the CDV [carte de visite] Photograph.
Realizing that a market existed for a process that could produce a large number of prints very cheaply, the Parisian photographer, Andre Adolphe Disderi, devised a way of reducing costs by taking several portraits on one photographic plate. This required the use of a special camera and many different types were developed. Some had several lenses, which could be uncovered either individually, or all at the same time to give (usually) 4 or 8 photographs on the same plate. Others had a mechanism for moving the photographic plate so that each image was recorded on a different area.
Because several exposures were made on each plate a number of positive prints could be made at the same time. The negative could be reprinted many times to produce the number of copies required by the sitter. The resulting photographs were mounted onto card. They were called cartes de visite because they were about the size of a visiting card, 2 ˝ x 4”.