Dating cabinet cards
European cards often depict awards won, but this is rarecon American cards.
We see rounded corners with single line rules (1889-96).
The edges of the cabinent cards may also have useful chronological information. Serated edges, however, do provide useful chonological information. This was not the most common alternative, but we do see a number of them.
We do not yet have the precise chronology of these serated edge cabinent cards.
The distinguishing feature of the cabinet card was the commercially printed mounting cards on which the actual photograph was pasted. The variations in the mounts are of considerable interest because they can be used to help date the image. The printed cardboard mounts that the image were pasted on were printed with information about the photographer and studio.
As large numbers of these images are today found without any provenance and are undated. Almost all cabinet cards and an imprint giving the name and location of the studio.
The colors, script style, and art work used to decorate the mounts varied over time and can also used to help date these cards.
They rpidly replaced cabinent card s the standard format.
As a result, cabinet cards are much less common after 1906, but continued to be produced into the early-1920s .