The cabinet card is similar to the smaller Dating a Cabinet Card: Details of a cabinet card, from the type of card stock to whether it had right-angled or rounded corners, can often help to determine the date of the photograph to within five years.
It is important to note, however, that these dating methods aren't always accurate.
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A style of photograph first introduced in 1863 by Windsor & Bridge in London, the cabinet card is a photographic print mounted on card stock.
And since the materials were cheaper and easier to work with, prices of photographs continued to fall.
Because tintypes were placed in albums along with CDVs, they were often trimmed at the sides and corners.
Tintypes were produced in various sizes CDV stands for carte de visite, a photographic calling card.
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The CDVs albumen process produced a negative from which any number of prints could be made - and on early CDVs it was important for the photographer to note that more prints were always available.