I collect Cartes de Visites from the mid Victorian era. I am addicted to these little gems! I have lost track of how many I have, and have purchased nearly but not all of them from ebay. Once in a while I'd come across a seller selling cdvs of the same person or same family members in a combined lot, but not very often. Most cdv's I purchase are singles, and I've found matching people from different sellers at different times, which I find amazing.
On occasion, I've come across a cdv listing on ebay and thought, hmmm....that face looks awfully familiar! And lo and behold, I do indeed already possess that same person in my collection. Needless to say, I have an intrinsic need to keep these poor people together, so I give it my all in the bidding process to bring them home. Sadly, there have been some that have gotten away that I truly regret losing out on. This is the situation in the case of the images below.
They are of Amelie Beaufour, a little Parisian girl between 1861 and 1866. I lost out on her Confirmation photograph and her older sister's Confirmation photograph. I'm still peeved about it! The first four images you see here are the front and back of the Amelie Beaufour cdv's I have in my possession. The following three I found amazingly in a recent book purchase. I tried to contact the writer of the book and got nowhere. I really want these last three cdv's to keep them all together.
The following images of Amelie Beaufour are found in "Hats, Caps & Bonnets: 1855-1875; 12 Patterns for Dolls & An Illustrated History" by Marianne Burke.
Mademoiselle Beaufour was obviously a young lady of upper class, and her parents were able to have her portrait taken every year, and she's dressed to the nines in each image. Lucky girl! I do have more 'double takes' that I will post during the next few days. Amelie is my very favorite, because I am able to some degree watch this little girl grow up in another lifetime. Oh how I wish I were able to find more of her. I might get lucky!