Title Full-bearded man cabinet card Partridge: Portland OR
Seller ID 1161994
Listing protocol: Subject / Type of Photo / Photographer or Studio / City & State / Date, if known.
Dimensions given, if any, are approximate. Scans large to show any defects. Unseen defects described. Item complete as issued unless otherwise stated. VG or better condition.
Introduced in the 1860s, cabinet cards superseded the carte de visite. The format was common until about 1900. Early cabinet cards typically used albumen prints, although a variety of other processes were used for later cards. The mount is usually about 4 ¼ x 6 ½”. 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. Often, the photographer will have the back printed simply with his name, address and location or in quite elaborate fashion with organic designs and rustic forms or an image of the building where the studio was located.
Each decade of the cabinet card, had its own characteristic studio accessories:
1860's - balustrade, column and curtain
1870's - rustic bridge and stile
1880's - hammock, swing and railway carriage
1890's - palm trees, cockatoos (usually stuffed specimens) and bicycles
1900's - the motor car.