CDV of Young African American Lady in Decatur, Illinois
With extensive detailed advertisement on verso for Decatur, Illinois galleries of A. Milton Lapham. Cowan’s Auctions.
What is a cdv photo?
Those three letters are an acronym for the French carte de visite or visiting card. This style of antique photography took over in popularity from the daguerreotype or ambrotype of the 1840s and 1850s. Though they provided lovely images, the dag and ambro were easily damaged and not suitable to tuck into an album or a letter to a friend.
The Civil War era of the 1860s, however, saw a wide acceptance of the cdv.