These are part of a collection of photographs that span generations and formats. Both photographs are classified as cabinet cards, paper-based images adhered to a thick cardstock, measuring about the size of a modern day postcard and often bearing the photographer’s or studio’s name. The cabinet card is the descendent of a smaller photograph popular in France called the carte-de-visite (visiting card). More information on cartes-de-visite can be found here. Technological developments in photography allow us to see rich tonal ranges in Adele’s delicate curls and in both children’s dapper attire.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
This blog post was written by CHART Intern, Caridad Bojorquez.