'The Royal Hand-Bell Ringers', 1878.
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Cabinet card group portrait of the Royal Hand-Bell Ringers of London, taken by Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901), when they performed before the King and Queen of Denmark on board the Royal Yacht off Cowes in August, 1878. Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard - about 16 cms by 11cms. The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer's details. The back is often printed with elaborate designs. Cabinet cards were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format. The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced well into the twentieth century.