Question: Why are cartes de visitecould sent through the mail?

What is a carte de visite photograph?

In photography, a carte-de-visite is a type of portrait — also meant to be exchanged — that first appeared during the second half of the 19th century. Before that, photographers produced daguerreotypes and direct positives on collodion (ambrotypes) to create portraits.

What were carte de visites What impact did they have on 19th century visual culture?

As a photograph that could impact relations among people, the carte de visite not only embodied prevailing social norms, it helped to create and reshape them as well.

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