Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Photo Number 311

Lake City Mn Photographer CdV

This is a CdV or Cartes-de-visite.  They were used as calling cards, when you went to visit someone you left them a card.  They measure 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches. They were used from 1850 to 1900. 

This lovely lady had her photo taken in Lake City, Minnesota at the Studio of Nelson and Morgeneier in 1882 or 1883, those were the years that W. E. Nelson was a photographer.  Morgeneier had many partnerships in his photographic adventures.  There is no other identification on this photo..so she is yet another lovely unknown.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:) 


  1. I was studying one of my CdVs recently and saw very faintly on the back,written in pencil "left by (some name) on Tuesday" or something like that. I imagine that when they were used as calling cards sometimes the butler or housekeeper - if one was had - would write the information. It would be helpful if it was the first time someone was calling at the house. Wonder what they did the second, third, tenth, time they called? Surely they didn't leave a photo every time.


  2. Seems rather silly to have a calling card without printing one's name on it!


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