The Rhone Family of Fayette County, Texas

Group 2: Four cartes-de-visite, ca. 1890s.
Cartes-de-viste One Cartes-de-viste Two Cartes-de-viste Three Cartes-de-viste Four

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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