Eustis Estate

Cartes de visite

Cartes de visite Collection, Boston, MA, Allen & Rowell, late 19th century

At a young age, Margaret Sutermeister developed an interest in collecting photographs. In particular, she amassed a collection of cartes de visite or card photographs. Often produced with albumen prints, cartes de visite gained worldwide popularity after 1859 and were intended to replace calling cards. It is likely that Margaret’s fascination with cartes de visite transformed into a passion for creating photographs.