Man and woman, c 1878.
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A cabinet card of a man and woman, taken at the studio of Thomas Fall, 9 Baker Street, London, in about 1878. Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard - about 16 cms by 11 cms. The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer's details. The back of the cabinet card 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 Cabinet cards were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format.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.