They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format.
However, later into its popularity, other types of papers began to replace the albumen process.
Despite the similarity, the cabinet card format was initially used for landscape views before it was adopted for portraiture.
Many cabinet card photographs from the 1880s and 1890s are exquisite pieces of artwork, exhibiting technical excellence and wonderful composition.
This new size and improved clarity and colors provided the perfect media to showcase the grand styles of the gay nineties. Though examples from the late 1890s show a wide variety of card stock, and some variation in sizes.
In the penultimate post of our series showing you how to date your old photographs by using physical clues to determine the process used to create it, I’m going to show you how to spot a cabinet card.