Friday, 24 May 2013

CDVs of Beautiful Women, Richmond, Surrey, late 1800s

CDVs of beautiful women, Richmond, Surrey, late 1800s. In addition to my postcard collecting, I also collect CDVs (Carte de Visites - visiting cards) from my local town of Richmond, Surrey. This week's Sepia Saturday blog shows a beautiful woman's face, so I thought that presented a good opportunity to show off a few of my favourite CDVs. Most are by William Byrne, probably the most prolific late 19th century photographer from Richmond. Others are by George Tuohy, Frank Meek, William Bayfield and Alfred Seeley. Seeley's photograph here is marked on the back 'With love from Norah', possibly the sitter. Seeley also photographed topographic views all over the south of England. Click the photographs to enlarge.

*Edit - after posting this I am reminded of The Who song 'Pictures of Lily', about a young man obsessed by an ancient photograph of a sepia beauty... Choose your own Lily.












17 comments:

  1. I'll choose number 4, I think.

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  2. The poses in these postcards are some of the most unusual I've ever seen - especially the half-back view. Of course, I was half expecting to see photos of how these women look NOW. ;-)

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  3. Lovely group of photos, I particularly like #2 and #5.

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  4. A lovely collection. Number 4 stood out to me too.

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  5. It's remarkable how many of them are in mourning, or at any rate half-mourning (I'm not just sure of the 'grades' of mourning, but it will be out there on t'internet somewhere)

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  6. I don't know why but 2 and 4 appeal to me most.

    A lovely collection once again.

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  7. This is a really good set, Howard. I like no. 2. She looks quite American with the hat and long hair.

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  8. I had better not choose or my daughter's dog (Lily) would be jealous.

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  9. Interesting comment from Edmund, an observation about mourning. How do you tell someone is in mourning from these photos?

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  10. Oh unique, to me. I have seen the calling cards which are usually just a name and perhaps an address, but these with photos are very special. I wonder if that was only in England, have not found any such here even in family collections...well, we have funeral cards, but those may or may not have a photo of the deceased.

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  11. My favorite is #6 because it shows off the clothes best.

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  12. Isn't it strange how clothes and hairstyles impact on a simple face, so that the face almost reflects the styles of the time.

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  13. I like the first one because of the books in the photo or the second one for the hat!

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  14. Is #6 wearing a chatelaine? Thanks to our facebook group, I can comment like I know what I'm talking about. :)

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  15. I pick number 4 too. Lovely cards.

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  16. A great switch from the postcards this week, Howard. My wife, who is a lass from Richmond hill, spotted the chatelaine first off in #6, as well as the rubber plant in #3. #2 looks like a young actress. I find the ubiquitous fur rug amusing to see in several photos.

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  17. That is a great postcard of the past. All the ladies are really beautiful. I would love to add these postcards to my collection.

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