Tuesday, May 8, 2012
In photography’s infancy first came the carte-de-visite. A fashionable gentleman would make a social call and leave his picture card on a silver tray in the parlor. Then in the 1850s, after Napoleon iii posed for his formal portrait, they became all the rage. During the Civil War, photographers documented families for posterity. The small albumen prints gained tremendous momentum as soldiers marched off to battle. Millions were sold. They were sent in great numbers at the height of European colonialism.