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Victorian Portrait Bookmark made from a carte de visite

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Victorian Portrait Bookmark made from a carte de visite

Victorian Portrait Bookmark made from a carte de visite
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From the 1850s to 1880s Carte de Visite were a popular form of studio portrait. Originally intended as a development of the visiting card showing an image of the visitor rather than a name, they were more readily used for family to share photographs of one another. Many studios sprang up offering their services and the back of the card sometimes has beautifully designed logos and information advertising the business.

This bookmark has been created using an original photographic portrait card as described above. As an antique piece it will show signs of wear and may have marks or faded spots but still looks beautiful for an item over 100 years old. A dark sepia brown tone grosgrain ribbon has been fitted to help keep the bookmark secure between the pages of your book. The ribbon has been heat sealed to prevent fraying.

The card itself measures approximately 10cm x 6cm. The length of the bookmark from the top of the card to the end of the ribbon is approximately 22cm.

An information card is included which can be useful if you are giving the bookmark as a gift and the recipient may not be familiar with this type of ephemera.

Every Carte de Visite is individual, some will have a decorated reverse some will be blank. The subject could be male, female or a child - if you have a particular request please message before making a purchase so that I can ensure I have what you would like in stock.


In the books that I repurpose I often find interesting page markers such as envelopes, train tickets or photographs. These beautiful cards reminded me of early photographs I found in a Sir Walter Scott novel. A bookmark is the perfect way for the cards to be enjoyed and useful.

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