Title Mustache & sideburns CDV N C Sanborn Lowell MA
Jacket Condition --
Seller ID 1165858
Printed back. 50 Merrimack St.
Listing protocol: Subject / Type of Photo / Photographer or Studio / City & State / Date, if known.
THUS, if we had a headline that said: “Bob Evans mustache & specs CDV Leonard: Swampoodle MA 1889” would mean this is Bob Evans with mustache & spectacles in carte de visite format taken by Leonard [photographic studio] in Swampoodle MA in 1889.
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. 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 whom 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.
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”.