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Posted 5 years ago


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This is an early carte de visite (CDV) / phot0-tradecard dating around the early 1860s; probably more around 1862 when full portraits started being made. The camera is more than likely an 1850s to early 1860s Roberts Boston-box style daguerrian / wet-plate camera; the largest I've ever seen. If this camera and stand were found in reasonable condition, it would have a collector's value of about $20,000.

E.J. Hunt, the photographer depicted on the tradecard, specialized in ambrotypes; a process replacing daguerreotypes that became mainstream in the 1850s. Since the ambrotype created a glass plate negative, for the first time photographers could cost effectively make copies of images.


  1. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks officialfuel, blunderbuss2, kerry10456, and Scott!

    Scott ... thanks also for the comment and thoughts - and good point about the backmark. It's one of the things that makes this really interesting. As background, Anthony was importing raw paper from France and Germany and selling it with collodion and chemicals to photographers who did their own albumenizing. By the late 1850s and early 1860s, Anthony was bringing in albumenized paper from Germany. As far as the backmark, I trust your instincts on this. I also tried to search E.J. Hunt on Google but didn't find anything definitive.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Glad to help and THANKS for sharing such a spectacular camera image!

  3. ericevans2 ericevans2, 5 years ago
    It seems that the advantage of three legs over four in camera stabilisation devices, now universal, was recognised quite early on. This is the earliest example I have seen of a tripodal stand, though there may have been earlier ones that I don't know about. They later became more recognisable as what we would call tripods, though still quite heavy items of furniture.
  4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks walksoftly, Designer, AntigueToys, and Eric.

    Eric ... on the topic of stands, it's something I haven't thought about but suspect Simon Wing probably had something - don't really know.
  5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the 'loves' vetraio50, musikchoo, chrissylovescats, Sean, egreeley1976 and Longings!

    Thanks for the comment, Phil ... yeah ... there is a mad scientist look about the photographer. And I like your sense of humor.
  6. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Thanks trukn20 and leighannrn!
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    my family has some photos taken by e. j. hunt back in nh. when i was a kid, i remember my grandfather throwing box after box of daguerratypes into the trash. it upset me then, and still does today! this is a great photo!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    I feel your pain ho2cultcha! Amazingly tragic to loose what were probably great dags. Did any images survive?
  9. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, vanskyock24!
  10. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, aghcollect!
  11. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 1 year ago
    Spectacular Image!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
    PostCardCollector (glad you appreciate the image)

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