The Oriental Commercial Bureau Port Said, Port Said, La Rue Prince Farouk

Postcard, 1936

Below: NPG (ed.), 1900s, Firenze. Via Calzaioli.

Realphoto postcard, gelatin silver print


A branch of Anderson‘s photoshop with photographs on display in the windows.

Advertisement of Diezel & Langer, a Vienna depot for photographs and maps.

Anonymous, 1885, the ”Kapuzinergruft“ in Vienna.

Albumen print


Blindstamped by optician Isidor Hatschek who ran a shop in Vienna from the 1880s onwards. Among other merchandise—such as artificial eyes—photographs were for sale at his shop.

Christian König, 1860s, Nuremberg.

Albumen print CDV


Behind the fountain is the facade of the Librairie d‘objets d‘art H. Schrag visible. 

This CDV could have been purchased there.

DISTRIBUTION  in 19th & 20th century photography

Photographs were sold in a variety of places in the 19th century, including bookstores, stationary stores, art galleries,  photography studios; they were also sold at exhibitions, fairs, and trade shows.

Illustrations in books were produced using a combination of photography and engraving, which allowed them to be printed in high quality. Finally, the invention of the halftone process in the 1880s allowed photographs to be reproduced more cheaply and easily.

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