Richard Hall's

19th Century Photo Gallery

The photos on these pages are for display only and are not generally for sale; however, if you are interested in purchasing one of the photos, serious offers will be considered. Queries should be directed to Richard Hall. Please select a link from below to view our galleries of:

Cartes-de-visite

Cabinet Cards

Tintypes

These photographs are samples from a collection of hundreds of 19th Century images.
The collection includes three basic types of photographs, all authentic, one-of-a-kind originals taken from about 1855 through 1899: Cartes-de-Visite (CDVs), cabinet cards, and tintypes. CDVs and tintypes both were popular during the Civil War era (1860-1865) and later. They were gradually replaced after the war by the larger and sturdier cabinet cards which flourished during the 1880s and 1890s.

Images on this page are for illustration only.

GALLERY OF CDV AND CABINET CARD BACKMARKS

 

1859-1862. The earliest CDVs (1859-1862) had either no backmarks at all, or very simple one- or two-line photographer imprints in small type (usually name and address).

1863-1867. After about 1862 (1863-67) four or more lines with larger typeface and additional information became common. Curved lines of text with curlicues around them were popular about 1863-65. Frames or “cartouche” designs around the imprint and/or geometric patterns were common 1862-65. Some standard logos above the imprint (Liberty, eagle, artist’s palette) appeared 1862-66.

1865-1872. Cherub & camera logo appeared.

1867-1882. Photographer imprints became larger, sometimes were positioned lengthwise or diagonally (1868-1882).

After 1872. Imprints became very large, elaborate designs covering most of the back of the card. Those with Egyptian or Oriental motif were popular Ca. 1881-86.

 

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