The back of the card is quite filled with print, with medals, famous customers, branches, and could be artistic.
The daguerreotype was invented by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre (1787–1851), and it was the first commercial photographic process.
Richard Beard opened England’s first public photographic studio in March 1841 in London’s Regent Street, after buying the rights to be sole patentee of the daguerreotype process in England. Johnson’, 1843, Richard Beard, Science Museum Group collection A daguerreotype from 1843 which is thought to be the first photograph showing a photographer at work. Plates They were made on highly polished silver plates.
Depending on the angle at which you view them, they can look like a negative, a positive or a mirror.
A highly polished silver surface on a copper plate was sensitised to light by exposing it to iodine fumes. Daguerreotypes were sold in Britain throughout the 1840s and into the early 1850s.
After exposing the plate in a camera it was developed with mercury vapour. Access to the studios of photographers working with the daguerreotype process around 1850 would have been limited to the middle and upper classes.