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The scan above is taken from a CDV (carte de visite) by Francis Frith, showing Lands End in Cornwall, UK. Written in pen on the back of the photo is the date 25th August 1875. I particularly like the soft focus effect of the sea which was presumably caused by a long exposure. This is an effect which I have seen recreated in several modern photographs, and it is much more tricky to achieve today.
More early photographs of Lands End can be viewed on the Francis Frith website by clicking here.
Read more about Francis Frith on Wikipedia here.