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Civil War Era Photography

Very good sources of information on the clothing actually worn by people are photos from that time. During the Civil War era there were several types of photography being used.

An Ambrotype (1854 - 1865) was a clear negative on a glass plate with a black backer that allows you to see the positive picture. The glass often broke or the image faded.

A Daguerreotype (1840 - 1860) was a picture on a metal plate that was inserted into a case with a soft metal mat. They were popular because of the durable case.

A Carte de Visite (CDV) (1854 - 1905) was a positive picture on paper. CDV cameras were capable of producing 8 identical pictures with one exposure, which were then cut up and pasted onto 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" backing cards. CDVs were very popular duing the Civil War and long afterwards.

CARTE DE VISITES

The House of York has designed sheets of CDVs to use for clothing research. Each 8 1/2" x 11" sheet contains 7 actual size CDVs with any information from the back of those CDVs in the 8th spot. Sheets are printed on heavy paper and show the actual coloring of the CDVs.

Select your favorites from these topics. All CDVs on the sheet are the same topic.

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Lady's Hairdos & Headdresses #1

7 CDVs of Civil War women hairdos and headdresses. See how they really did their hair.

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Civilian Men #1

  

7 CDVs of Civil War men in civilian suits, frock coats and hats. See the variety of fabric and prints used.

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Civil War Children #1

  

7 CDV's of boys and girls in their Sunday best. Shows the typical clothes worn by Civil War children.

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Day Dress Fabrics #1

  

7 CDVs of Civil War women in Day Dresses. Shows you some of the kinds of fabrics and prints used.

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Dress Decorations #1

  

7 CDVs of Civil War dresses showing some of the ways the women decorated them. Plenty of ideas for you.

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