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Merry Xmas!

Saturday 7 June 2003

To celebrate the coming winter solstice, here’s an unusual Tas­manian carte-de-visite. Scenic views are not common carte-de-visite subjects, and I don’t remember seeing a CDV Chrismas card before.

'Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!' -- front of a carte-de-visite

A sticker on the back credits the photographer H T Waterworth. The only record of Henry T Waterworth in The mechanical eye in Australia: photography 1841-1900 is that he was operating in Burnie in 1896, and in Hobart (at 89 Liverpool Street) in 1900. So, the card was probably published around 1900. The hand­writ­ing says (in ink) from Edward and (faintly in pencil) to H Hill.

'H T Waterworth, photographer, 89 Liverpool St. Hobart' -- back of the carte-de-visite

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