My sister asked me what's a boudoir card (an oversized cabinet card, 8" by 5") so I got to looking for the rest of my boudoir cards. Here they are.
This photograph is kind of chopped-up, but still romantically atmospheric. On the back, the photographer's studio is listed as "Crawford Faxton." I bought the photograph at Colonial Antiques in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The photo has the look of the genre scene about it. I'm thinking of Currier & Ives, who were ubiquitous at my grandmother's house when I was growing up. (Maybe not ubiquitous, but her insurance agent sent her a Currier & Ives calendar every year, and that calendar was, if memory serves me, a coveted object.) My impression of this photograph is that the photographer had the idea for it and recruited his buddy or someone to pose as "The Fellow Who Receives The Letter."
In other words, there is nothing candid at all about the shot.