From my own collection
Right : A carte de visite, just under 6½ cm x 10½ cm (2½ x 4 "). These became so popular in the1860s that the craze for acquiring them - particularly those images of the rich and famous - or for having your own portrait produced, became known as cartomania. These small cards became increasingly affordable, and were capable of being reproduced, so several copies could be purchased and distributed to friends and family.
Consolidated annuity bonds were created by the government in 1751 - as the name suggests, it consolidated previous bond issues. The idea was to create something safe, paying a known amount - throughout most of the 19th century this seems to have been 3 per cent
This bond was taken out by Thomas Atkinson (of Ashburton) in 1864, and paid 3 per cent on £1000. Then, as now, bonds could fluctuate in price - on this occasion Mr Atkinson has paid a total of £908 15s for a bond nominally costing £1000.
'What crowds of people there must be in this country who have their money in the three per cent Consols!'
Max Schlesinger, Saunterings in and about London, 1853 quoted in http://www.victorianlondon.org/finance/bankofengland.htm
Both cards here (from my own collection) have the name W S Giles, photographer, Ashburton, written on the reverse. The ladies' full crinoline dresses suggest a date in the 1860s - which was when cartomania was at its height.
For further reading see Jayne Shrimpton's article on Cartomania in Family Tree magazine, December 2011, p32
Above: Joseph Fitze. This picture is possibly from earlier than the 1860s - however, it cannot be later than that decade, as Joseph died in January 1862
Many thanks to Lerida Arnold for the above photograph
In 1828 Joseph was the agent for the Phoenix Fire Office.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 28 June 1828 p1 col3
According to the Western Times the library began in his house in East Street (claimed in an article written 80 years after the event)
Western Times 20 April 1916 p13 col1
Joseph was at one time the registrar for Ashburton. (Peter Foot was deputy registrar).
Western Times 10 June 1837 p1 col3
As registrar he received 'large bundles of ........forms' in connection with taking the census in 1851
Western Times 22 February 1851 p7 col4
His own entry in the 1861 census shows him as a 72 year old widower.
January 16th 1862, Mr Joseph Fitze, saddler and registrar for over 25 years, died aged 72.
Western Times 25 January 1862 p5 col5