What is a Cabinet Card?

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Date: July-August 2000
From: Michigan History Magazine(Vol. 84, Issue 4)
Publisher: State of Michigan, through its State Administrative Board and Department of History, Arts and Libraries
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 91 words
Content Level: (Level 5)
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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Introduced in 1868, the cabinet cord, like the carte de visite, consists of a paper print mounted on heavy card stock. Due to their larger size and superior clarity, cabinet cords replaced the carte de visite as the major form of photography during the early 1880s. In the late nineteenth century, the Goodridges, using a variety of props and poses, created some of Michigan's most artistic and eye-pleasing cabinet card. At the turn of the century, the cabinet card's popularity declined as Michiganians begun buying the new small personal snopshot camera.

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