Soldiers enjoying a beer
These cab photos...were larger and of higher quality than everthing previous to them...(except for daguerreotypes)
by now the photographers had honed the craft and were ready to shine... and they did. Elaborate background became commonplace with retouching added often to soften wrinkles and blemishes. A Renaissance of creativity and a good and popular business coincided giving us great images of America at that time. Many of these still abound giving us a look at the world more than 100 years ago.
Cabinet Cards were historicaly kept in curio cabinets with the dishes and glassware, hence the name.
Sizes of about 4x6 and mounted neatly with studio name on cardboard
George Eastmans browine camera and standardized film revolutionized photography making us all photographers (for better or worse) and it has been that way ever since.