City Gallery is a community for persons interested in vernacular images, photographs of the life, work, culture and circumstances of ordinary people. Nearly all photographic images are vernacular images. Thanks to generations of gallery photographers and the introduction of the Kodak camera you very likely have vernacular images in your home, your family album or photographs at the local library, history or genealogy society. City Gallery is devoted to encouraging and enabling the ordinary citizen to participate in the preservation and interpretation of vernacular images.

Interpreting Photographs

Articles about estimating the date for a photograph or recognizing other aspects of a photograph.

European Card Photograph Styles

European Card Photograph Styles

The following table shows card sizes gleaned from a catalog published by Loebenstein Co. photographic supplier and maker of the Elvira Cards line of card stock in Wienna (Vienna, Austria) about 1910. There are other 12 tables also in this source. Popular card styles, such as the carte de visite, cabinet card, Boudoir, Imperial, and Promenade cards are seen along with more unusual styles named after

Carte de Visite

The carte de visite is easily recognized by the small card on which the photograph is mounted. In this format, a small paper photographic print is mounted on a commercially produced card. The carte de visite (commonly abbreviated to CdV) today is not a rare item, being produced by the millions in the nineteenth century.

Recognizing Copies and Enlargements of Old Photographs

Recognizing Copies and Enlargements of Old Photographs

Jehu Montgomery.

Recognizing Cased Images

Cased Images

In the early days of photography an image was often put in small wooden or plastic case. The Daguerreotype was made on an extremely delicate and fragile copper plate coated with silver. In order to protect the image from oxidation the plate was sealed into a glass "sandwich" to form what is called an image packet, which was then placed into a small wooden case for protection.

Downloads Available Again

Our downloads are available again after being down for some time. An installation of our drupal platform apparently decided to restrict access to the files for security purposes. It shares the same folder name with the original folder I created for hosting files for download and wrote an access restriction into it by default without my knowledge.

I will add the other files to the downloads page, but the Carte de Visite matrix is available along with a family photo sheet for recording photograph information.

Registration Approvals

The information provided by the system on which to base an approval decision is sparse. I have to play guess who is the spammer. Please let me know through the contact form if you are still blocked and feel you made a legitimate request to register and have been ignored or overlooked. Please include a brief explanation of your interests in joining City Gallery. Or anything that might tell me you are not a spammer. Hotmail and Gmail addresses do not inspire confidence.

Contact Form Working Again

The contact form for City Gallery is working again after being shut down due to abuse by spammers.

Moderated Registrations

The site was hit by a group of nefarious spammers in December of last year, who apparently registered and began posting long lists of links to sites where they sell their wares (which I shall not mention since they would just attract the wrong kind of attention by search engines). In light of this development, I have decided to require approval of registrations. This means you won't get instant access to the site on signing up and acquiring your login information. Each new member will have to be approved manually. I apologize for the inconvenience, but this is the way it has to be with the comment, registration form and contact form spammers operating today.

Cabinet Card

The Cabinet Card has the appearance of a larger version of the carte de visite, retaining the photographer's imprint and exhibiting similar styles of decorative artwork on the card face or back. Like the carte de visite, it consists of a paper photographic print mounted on commercially produced card stock of standard size. Despite the similarity, the cabinet format was used for