The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.
Today we present this Carte de Visite showing the first Minnesota State Capitol in 1865. The Carte de Visite was a wildly successful photographic medium because it used a negative/paper print process which made it possible to make cheap multiples from a single negative. A glass negative is made, sometimes with several images of the same subject on it, and then is used to make a paper albumen print which is mounted on a card.
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