Cabinet photo of woman from wealthy family. The "Carte de visite" process was quickly replaced by the larger Cabinet cards. In the early 1860s, both types of photographs were essentially the same in process and design. Both were most often albumen prints; the primary difference being the cabinet card was larger and usually included extensive logos and information on the reverse side of the card to advertise the photographer’s services.
Also on these boards
Liberated slaves were treated as contraband or captured property at this time. The confiscation act of 1861 allowed seizing Confederate property but did not clarify the fate of captured slaves. One Union general gained notoriety for general order No. 11 which freed all slaves in areas under his control. President Lincoln countermanded this order amid concerns of the political consequences in four slave holding border states that remained in the Union.
The Cabinet Card was a medium-sized photograph, approximately twice the size of a modern business card, is mounted on a heavy piece of cardboard. Whenever you visited somebody you would give them your cabinet card. Many Victorian households would proudly display their collection of cabinet cards, sometimes in a special album. From the collection of Dave Ward.