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Carte de visites are a thin paper photograph, usually an albumen print, mounted on a card. The mounted cards are approximately 2.5 by 4 inches. These photographic cards or visiting cards became very popular in the 1850s when they began to reproduce images of famous people. They were traded and collected and placed in albums that became a form of entertainment and sharing in the Victorian household. During the American Civil War these cards were an inexpensive means for family and friends to share images of their loved ones. Especially in the North, they also preserved and disseminate the images of important generals, heroes, political figures and events. Many of the cards were published from the negatives of famous photographers such as Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner. In the late 1800s images of the American West and Native Americans were popular topics.

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