Thursday, September 09, 2010

Vintage Photograph: Cabinet Card of Young Man, ca 1876-1880.

Cabinet cards are larger than carte de visites. Whereas the carte de visite is on fairly lightweight card stock, the cabinet card is on heavier stock and has a print on heavier paper.

This cabinet card shows a handsome young Pennsylvania man in sack coat suit with vest and cravat, ca. 1876-1880. The suitcoat is shorter than the longer ones of the 1860-1870 period, but is made of an interesting homespun appearing fabric. The card measures 6-1/2 inches tall by 4-1/4 inches wide.

The back of the card has a design that suggests the Aesthetic Movement popularized by Oscar Wilde, from the late 1870s into the early 1880s. The sunflower became one of its dominate motifs.

More information on cabinet cards can be found here.

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