Cabinet Cards came into existence in the 1880's, replacing for the most part, the Carte de Visite which had held the market for the previous 30 years. These cards were larger, and even though the process was essentially the same, the clarity was greatly improved. On most of them the information on the photographer was listed on the bottom of the front side, and on the back was a full size advertisement done in creative graphic styles. Many techniques were used to embellish the photo, for example, on the first card a scroll and decorative cattails were added to the image, perhaps indicating the subject's love for hunting ducks! Below the photographer's information is done in gold tone as is the border around the card. On the back side is a beautifully designed advertisement also done in gold tone. The second cabinet card with the portrait of a family, notice the lovely painted background, chairs and floor covering used to create the popular garden setting; the images are remarkably clear and sharp. The advertisement is much simpler than a lot of the cards, however it places more attention on the photograph that way. Both cards measure 4 1/4" by 6 1/2" and are in great condition for their age!
Pair of Cabinet Cards