Albumen paper was the main print material used by commercial photographers in the second half of the 19th century. Cartes-de-visite, an inexpensive wallet-sized format used mainly for commercial portraits, were intended for use in lieu of calling cards. These four CDVs obviously were taken in the same studio, one with a detailed decorative backdrop and a rustic chair prop. In each image the subjects' handsome attire testifies to the importance of the occasion of such a formal portrait.
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