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Cabinet Cards, 1870-1905

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS 014- series MS 014-1
Introduced in the 1860s, cabinet cards replaced the carte-de-visite. The format was common until about 1900. Early cabinet cards typically used albumen prints, although a variety of other process were used for later cards. The photograph is usually smaller than the card, leaving approximately a half inch at the bottom, where the name of the photographer or studio was printed. - Society of American Archivists

Carte-de-visites were patented by Parisian photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri in 1854. The format added a photograph to a visiting card. Cartes remained popular through the early 1880s, when they were superseded by the larger cabinet card. On later cartes, the print is slightly smaller than the card, leaving room for the name of the photographer or studio at the bottom of the card.


  • 1870-1905


2.7 Linear Feet