Gelatin papers were introduced in the 1870s and started gaining acceptance in the 1880s and 1890s as the gelatin bromide papers became popular. A true black-and-white image on a cabinet card is likely to have been produced in the 1890s or after 1900.The last cabinet cards were produced in the 1920s, even as late as 1924.There has not been as much research on the cabinet card styles as on the carte de visite styles, therefore they may be more difficult to assess.But like the Cd V, the an approximate date for a cabinet image should be obtainable through an understanding of it's features.Many times, the silver image tarnishes with silver sulfide in the same way as silverware. Step two was to make a contact [print] with a second sheet of sensitized paper to make a positive print. As the public sought lower prices, the cases (which cost more than the finished photographs) were eliminated.
Size The cabinet card was basically a larger version of the carte de visite.The cabinet card shares many features and characteristics with the carte de visite.At first, the styles of cabinet cards followed those of the carte de visite.These photographs have a neutral image tone and were most likely produced on a matte collodion, gelatin or gelatin bromide paper.Sometimes images from this period can be identified by a greenish cast.These defects are now noticeable in many calotypes, some of which are today little more than pale yellow ghosts. They could be mailed home safely without fear of shattering.