Dating cabinet cards
Here the print varies quite a bit, but the basic format was the same.
The classic mounts continued, but the new format became increasingly common. Thus the smooth edges provide no useful chronological information. We note cards in the 1880s and 1890s that had serated edges.Thin, light weight card stock in white, off white or light cream (1866-80).We note border with red or gold rules in both single and double lines (1866-80).The card stock used for cabinent cards is thicker than that used for the smaller carte de visite (CDVs).The first cabinent cards were made from Bristol Board (a single layer card stock).