Edges By the 1880s, cabinet card mounts sometimes had bevelled edges, and were often finished in gold or silver.
Colour The colour of the cardboard mount can also help date the photograph.
With the introduction of the real photo postcard in the early 20th century, cabinet cards fell almost completely out of favor in the U.
Paper prints measuring about 5.5 x 4 inches were pasted to standard sized cardboard mounts measuring 6.5 x 4.25 inches.Mount Cabinet card mounts are usually thicker than those of cartes de visite.Another extensive online resource is the Library of Congress.Enter a photo type into its search engine and you will see many examples that may turn out to be similar to the photograph you are researching. Both the men in my photo are young, but one appears to be older than the other, and he has arm slung around his younger brother's shoulders. The elder is wearing a watch chain and a pinky ring. Michael was seven years older than Peter, who was seven years older than Timothy.The cabinet card shares many features and characteristics with the carte de visite.
At first, the styles of cabinet cards followed those of the carte de visite.Two young men stare out at me from a small old photograph. A variety of websites offer tips and tools, and they have the great advantage of being able to provide visual aids.On the back, in my grandmother's handwriting, is written "Grandpa King's brothers." At least I've got some information to work with, but I'm eager to learn more: When was the picture taken? Which two of my great-grandfather's brothers are these? Type of photograph To learn more about my mystery photo, I checked examples of photos in the collections of Andrew J. Both websites detail the history of photography, including samples of various types of photography, such as daguerreotype, cabinet card and tintype.Many cabinet cards feature the name and location of the photographer printed on the front of the card underneath the picture.Some have fancy backmarks advertising the photographer (this trend increased towards the end of the century when advertising became commonplace), whereas some have no markings at all.The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced right until the First World War.