1870 – Rare Collection of 11 CDV Photographs of Arab Society

11 Unique CDV Photographs
Nineteenth Century Arab Society

Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, circa 1870s. Rare collection of 11 striking and nostalgic sepia carte-de-visite photographs mainly featuring Arab people and their traditional costume. Carte-de visite mounts measure measures 6,5 x 10,5 cm. Photographs measure approximately 5,75 x 9,5 cm. Very slight age-toning, otherwise in Very Good Condition, a pleasing collection of scarce photographs, beautifully preserved.

Rare nineteenth century cdv photographs of people of various ethnicities in their traditional costume, mainly from Arab societies, including an Egyptian Bedouin man, a woman in a full burkha, young women from Morocco, and a child of poverty.

The carte de visite (CDV, carte-de-visite) was a type of small photograph which was invented by Louis Dodero and patented in 1854 in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri. It was usually made of a thin albumen print photograph mounted on a thicker calling card, the image size being 54.0 mm × 89 mm, and the card being 64 mm × 100 mm.

The Carte de Visite gained widespread popularity when in 1859 Disdéri published a photograph of Emperor Napoleon III in this format. Subsequently photographic studios began to offer the cartes-de-visite of famous royals, politicians, actresses, and the like, then people of far away nations in their traditional costume, and so began some spectacular nineteenth century cdv photographic collections.


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