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The Band taken by Monsr Louis


I was unable to find a suitable Christmas image from my collection but thought you might like to see this carte-de-visite image taken by Monsr Louis. I can’t remember where I bought this one but it cost me £4 The photographer’s details are on the back: MONSr LOUIS 374, Euston Road, N.W. LONDON & 24 Quai de la Douane aoulogne s/mer. Sadly no information on the band.

Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to you all.

Two men in a boat

two men in a boat

This carte-de-viste (cdv) was bought at a vintage fair near Shrewsbury.

The photographer was T.Keig, Prospect Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man.

Neither of the unidentified gentlemen seem to be very happy about having their photograph taken. This is the only cdv I have where the subjects are posing in a boat scene.

Edward on his 90th Birthday

This Carte-de-visite photograph is unusual as it provides plenty of information on the sitter, the date taken and the Photographer.

It was taken by Joseph Norris Photographer & Artist, 5 Union Passage, Birmingham.

It is dated 27th May 1875 and the reverse reads: Edward (surname unintelligible) taken on his 90th birthday, born May 27th 1785, died december 16th 1880.

It has an additional note which reads: sent back from Canada by friend 1936 Mr Buck.

Marvellous Moustache

I better post this photograph before November (or rather Movember) comes to an end. I haven’t taken part in the event this year and have missed the smiles but not the itching!

Carte-de-visite photograph by J.Hartmann, Kappeln, Germany. The image has a beautiful gold on black design on the reverse. No further information on the subject.

Lake and three figures

This Carte-de-visite is a bit of a mystery, I found it with others in an old book and can’t remember where or when I bought it.

The image doesn’t have any information regarding the photographer or the subjects but if you look carefully there are three figures in the distance sitting on a bridge.

Lady & her Daughter from my home town

Carte-de-visite photograph purchased from an ebay trader last week.

This portrait of Mother and Daughter  was taken by a local Photographer in my home town of Wellington, Shropshire (or Salop as it was known when this portrait was taken).

The front of the card reads: J.Laing, Photo, Wellington Salop.

The reverse reads: J. Laing Artist & Photographer – Castle Street Shrewsbury and 3 Queen Street Wellington, Salop.

I wonder if this lady or her daughter knew my ancestors?

Now that’s what I call a moustache


Bought from an Antiques Fair at Stafford Showground yesterday, this carte de visite was taken by

A & G Taylor, 70 & 78 Queen Victoria Street, 129 Fenchurch Street & Forest Lodge, London Road, Forest Hill, London.

I’m well in to my second week of Movember but I can only dream of a moustache like this one, it’s a beauty!


Turn of the Century Teddyboy

Scanned from a carte-de-visite which I bought this morning at a camera fair at Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton.

The reverse of the card reads:  J T Mathias, Fato Prudentia Major,  Jeweller & Photographer, Cardigan. Copies can be had on application.

Although I searched the internet I was unable to obtain an accurate translation of the phrase above.

This chaps hairstyle and beard are fantastic, his hairstyle reminded me of the Teddy boys.

Young man in his bathing costume

I bought this carte-de-visite from a camera fair in Wolverhampton, the photograph does not contain any other information but will probably date from around the turn of the 19th century.

It’s unusual for two reasons, the young man is in his bathing costume rather than more formal dress and it seems to have been taken outside rather than in a studio.

After watching the swimmers at the London 2012 Olympics this weekend it does seem that swimming costume have changed just a bit!

For dear Grandmama

A carte-de-visite (visiting card) bought from a photography fair.

The Photographer is S.Harris, Wigton and the message on the reverse reads:

For dear Grandmama from her Grand Children July 14th 1866 Wigton

No one is smiling in the photograph, perhaps because they needed to hold the pose for some time?