While rummaging through piles of various odd projects which needs finishing (like most of us), I stumbled across a deck of CDVs which I had picked up from a local carboot. CDV, or Carte de Visite, as one could verify throughout the net, is a form of affordable, mass-produced, photographic albumen prints mounted on 2.5 x 4 inches hard card (usually about this size). Most of the CDVs would contain information of the responsible studio produces them and it is a fascinating form of photographic historical collection.
Though they are not rare, by all means they aren’t common either. Though rarities would come in shapes of who the sitters’ are, type of subject (e.g.-images of the dead, popular figure, photographers themselves, etc.), the popularity of the photographer/the studio, and even the appearance and aesthetic decorations of the cards.
Though the quality of this batch isn’t any of the above, but it still fascinates me to peruse and just keep them aside for my own references. Bought them in a bundle, though I was interested in just few, the seller kept insisting that I take them all! It was cheap enough to bother and why not.
Among this pile, I had scanned and selected few to be posted here. All of these CDVs were slightly adjusted (colours, tones) to be as close as the original as the scans ICC profile tends not skim from what I see on screen. These selected CDVs has its own interesting point of views, whcih I like to share on this blog post. Although the quality is much left to be desired, as they were damaged from many wreckless handlings by its previous owner, they are a few interesting pieces nonetheless. These were scanned and the rear design image were placed next to it.
Update: It was brought up by Helena Cowell on the story of this image. The child standing on the chair was registered in the 1881 UK census as Fanny Louisa Fenn (born 25th June 1865, baptised 23rd July 1865 at St Paul, Kent), with her parents Frederick William Fenn (a carpenter by professsion), and mother, Sarah Eliza.
Helena had pointed out the reference and the details could be retrieved on ancestry.co.uk (FHL film No. 384871, 384872). A fantastic detective work by Helena Cowell and much appreciated on the details. In hope if any of descendants of the family have any further details which could enlighten further story of this image, you are most welcome to be in touch.
Though there are more stacks of CDVs which I might be able to scan and share it within this blog space, these were some of fascinating findings which is held differently in person compared to on screen.