Dating cabinet cards
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.
While the dark cards are not rare, they did not capture a large share of the marketplace, possibly because they were more expensive than standard colors.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.Cream mounts were always popular, but bolder, dark colours like black, dark brown, green or burgundy began to appear in the 1880s and 1890s.The cabinet card was made by using the same steps for creating CDVs, still exhibiting the sepia look.