Cabinet Cards came into favor in the 1880's replacing their predecessor, the Carte de Visite. They were both made using the albumen process, however the cabinet card was larger and often used elaborate graphics on the back to advertise the photographer's service. At that time it also introduced the popularity of picture frames and stands to accommodate the portraits, and later on photo albums were created to hold the cabinet cards, as they did not fit into the albums made for the smaller Carte de Visite. The first of these cards shows a gentleman properly dressed for the late 1880's and the photographer's information and date just below; the second card shows a lady dressed with a fur collar and puffed sleeves typical for the 1890's, with the photographer's information just below and also a more elaborate display on the back side; the third cabinet card is a portrait of a young gentleman standing next to a prop with a painted background, also from the 1890's with the photographer's information just below and also on the back side. All are in very good condition for their age, and they all measure 4 1/4" by 6 1/2".
Set of 3 Cabinet Cards