|Title:||Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
In the mid to late 19th century as society industrialized and media began to be truly utilized, the images of various celebrities were printed on cartes de visities. A number of actors and actresses became popular world-wide through their dissemination, and many other types of performers gained notoriety this way as well, among them individuals who identified as dwarves and people with other physical abnormalities. For example, both Decker and Houghton of this collection were unusually short gentlemen in the Civil War era who gained widespread renown for their height.
Carte de visite photographs were a format which varied very little across the globe. They were portable and inexpensive, making them easily tradeable and exchangeable. Cartes de visites were immensely popular from the 1850s through the 1870s until other mediums replaced them.
The collection consists of 16 cartes-de-visite of American and European actors, actresses, and other well-known perfomers and celebrities. Some of the images are color tinted. The origins of the cartes include photographic studios in London, Dresden, Hamburg, Chicago, Syracuse, Boston and New York.
Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers. MS 3390. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.