|Steel vignette views first appeared at the beginning of the Victorian era. The majority were engraved and printed by a small number of companies. The most notable of these were Rock & Co, J & S Harwood, Newman & Co, Kershaw & Sons and Banks of Edinburgh. Books were sometimes published by local stationers and printers.
Many of these books were printed in small numbers, and survival rates are low, so many of these books are now difficult to find. The most common albums tend to be associated with the popular tourist locations of the time, such as the lake district, the Derbyshire peak district and major coastal resorts.