Welcome to the Cabinet Card Gallery. Cabinet card photographs were first introduced in 1866. They were initially employed for landscapes rather than portraitures. Cabinet cards replaced Carte de visite photographs as the popular mode of photography.  Cabinet cards became the standard for photographic portraits in 1870. Cabinet cards experienced their peak in popularity in the 1880’s.  Cabinet cards were still being produced in the United States until the early 1900’s and continued to be produced in Europe even longer. The best way to describe a cabinet card is that it is a thin photograph that is mounted on a card that measures 4 1/4″ by 6 1/2″. Cabinet cards frequently have artistic logos and information on the bottom or the reverse of the card which advertised the photographer or the photography studio’s services. Enjoy your visit.

Published in: on November 26, 2008 at 5:58 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. I just discovered this website through Google Image Search. After going back 15 pages now, I feel compelled to thank you for the hard work you’re doing here! It’s really an excellent blog.

    Photoso like this are among the only things that interest me in antiques stores (which I’m dragged to more often than I’d like). It’s nice to be able to see them this way instead 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I write to you from France. We have in our family a photo by Félix SCHANZ. We think this photo was made around 1920s or before. On this photo there is an uncle of my grand father. But in my family, we think he was in a religious order, but where ? Can you help me to recognize this religious uniform ? And if there is always this religious order in Fort Wayne or in the area.
    Thanks for your help and if you want a copy of the photo, no trouble i sent it to you.

    Have a nice day.

    Hervé HUS

  3. You have an amazing collection! I also have collected many kinds of antique, or just old, orphaned, photographs for a variety of reasons.

  4. Speechless!

    Now look at these…


  5. Should you want to add these from Canada, be my guest.


    Honoré Sauvé was my great-great-grandfather. I had some cabinet cards in my collection. Thanks to you now I know what they are called.

    Your site is simply amazing, but what is more amazing is your passion for sharing.

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