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    • November 29, 2012 2:56 PM CST
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      A CDV photo is 2.5" by 4" = Carte de Visite, which means "visiting or calling card". Friends and family could exchange portraits, plus they were handed out during social visits in the 1850's and 1860's.


      The popularity of the CDV photo started to decline circa 1870's, which was soon to be overshadowed by the cabinet card photo.


      The cabinet card photo is 4" by 6"

       Both the CDV and the cabinet cards are albumen photographs mounted onto cards, although later cabinet cards sometimes have gelatin silver photographs.. A CDV cannot be a cabinet card and a cabinet card photo cannot be a CDV... Cabinet cards first came into use around 1866 which means that no cabinet card photograph is of Civil War vintage...

      -->Some examples below: The image of the girl is an example of a Cabinet Card photo.

      The photo of the woman in the second photo is a CDV photo.



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      This post was edited by Pamela Medaglia at November 29, 2012 3:03 PM CST

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