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Carte de visite of Mary Cameron, late 19th century

Carte de visite of Mary Cameron, late 19th century

The carte de visite was a small photograph popular in the second half of the 19th century. So-called because it was initially used as a visiting card, the carte de visite was inexpensive and allowed ordinary people to have their portraits taken for the first time. This is Mary Cameron, photographed by Wrigglesworth & Binns of Wellington. 

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Peter Ireland, 'Photography - Early photography, 1840–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Peter Ireland, published 22 Oct 2014