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Carte-de-visite in Algiers
Published in "A Winter with the Swallows", by Matilda Betham Edwards, (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1867), p.214
Among those better educated Mahometans, who have mixed with Europeans, one finds the photographic carte de visite almost as common as in England, and it is daily becoming more common.
The prettiest and most luxurious Moorish house I ever visited in Algiers, that of the director of the College Arabe, was adorned with pictures of Mecca, plans of Medina, and other religious subjects. Some of the native merchants present their customers, as a parting souvenir, with their carte de visite; and one of the most admired portraits in my album is that of a handsome, intelligent, and genial Arab, of whom I bought a few knicknacks, which he himself gave me at parting.