#4 Carte De Visite (peak years 1858-1865)
Small paper prints popular first in Europe and then in America. Also popular during The Civil War, in size about 2x4,
the same size as a common Tintype.
- Once photography on paper began, about 1860, larger images somtimes called imperial photographs were made.
- Steroviews also appeared about this time... Special stereo viewer needed to view these commercial in use, often showing
distant lands popular with tourists.
- "More than one CDV photograph was found amoung the human wreckage left on the field after the smoke of the battle had
cleared away" - Annon.
#5 Cabinet Cards (peak years 1870-1900)
these were larger and of higher quality, by now the photographers had honed the craft and were ready to shine... and they did.
Elaborate background became commonplace with retouching added often to soften wrinkles and blemishes. A Renaissance of creativity and a good
and popular business coincided giving us great images of America at that time. Many of these still abound giving us a look at the world more than 100 years ago.
- Cabinet Cards were historicaly kept in curio cabinets with the dishes and glassware, hence the name.
- Sizes of about 4x6 and mounted neatly with studio name on cardboard
- George Eastmans browine camera and standardized film revolutionized photography making us all photographers (for better or worse) and it has been that way ever since.
My hat is off to all the trail blazers and creative photographers of the past. Sometimes we forget the contributions of those who came before us in our modern world. These
photographers gave us a full 60 years (1840-1900) of professional images and open our eyes to the past
... if we will only look.
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