First introduced in the 1860s, cabinet card photographs were similar to cartes-de-visites, only larger. Measuring approximately four inches by six inches and mounted on cardstock (similar to cardboard), cabinet card photos got their name from their size—they were just the right size to be displayed on a cabinet.

Although some cabinet cards depicting landscapes can be found, most featured Victorian-era portraits of individuals or families—it was popular to mail cabinet cards to friends and family living abroad. Early cabinet cards were sepia-toned; in later years, the majority of them were printed in black-and-white.

Many cabinet cards feature the name and location of the photographer printed on the front of the card underneath the picture. Some have fancy backmarks advertising the photographer (this trend increased towards the end of the century when advertising became commonplace), whereas some have no markings at all.

Cabinet cards reached their peak of popularity in the 1870s through the 1890s. They continued to be made into the 1900s, albeit less frequently. With the introduction of the real photo postcard in the early 20th century, cabinet cards fell almost completely out of favor in the U.S., and only managed to hang on for a little longer in Europe.

Most watched eBay auctions    

Cabinet Card Photo 6 Native American Indian Peace Medals Wild West Show CowboyCabinet Card Photo 2 Native American Indian Peace Medals Wild West Show Cowboy1870s Western Americana Frontiersman Scout Guide Cabinet Card Photo Multi ArmedCa1890 Native American Sioux Indian Braves Cabinet Card Photograph / PhotoC1905 Native American Crow Indian Men In Camp Cabinet Card Photo Billings Mont1880s Native American Iroquois Indian Chief Jean-batiste Rice Cabinet Card PhotoC1900 Cabinet Card Dead Dog Post Mortem Lies With Black BowC1905 Native American Crow Indian Woman In Camp Cabinet Card Photo Billings Mont1891 Native American Lakota Sioux U.s. Army Cavalry Soldiers Cabinet Card Photo1880s Native American Indian Women & Children W/ White Man Cabinet Card Photo1880s Baseball Cabinet Card Photograph-saginaw Mi Mil Player Pillbox Hat & GloveAlla Nazimova - Russian American Actress - Vintage Autograph W/ Cabinet CardAntique Cabinet Card Photo Girl Springer Spaniel Dog Bridgton Maine Fur Coat Old45 Cabinet Card And Cdv Album Civil War Era Boats Guitars Cymbals PortraitsBeautiful Grabill Cabinet Card Of Wild Bill Hickok Deadwood,south DakotaOhio Electric Chair And First 10 Victims Rare Antique Cabinet Card Photo Signed 1910s-20s Cabinet Card Photo Pro Baseball Team Players & Huge Stadium FieldC.1882 Antique Cabinet Card Sepia Photo High Wheel Columbia "open Head" Bicycle 2 Antique Post Mortem Child & Propped Up Baby Iola Kansas Photo Cabinet Card1894 Buffalo Bill Cody's Daughter Irma Cabinet Card Portrait Photo Wild WestTheodore Roosevelt - 26th U.s. President - Unsigned Original Cabinet Card PhotoAntique Cabinet Card Photo Little Pug Dog Young Girl Portrait Capac Michigan OldAntique Cabinet Card Midget Willie Kennedy Circus Side Show Or Needs Cash SignedEllen Terry - Classic Theater Actress - Autographed Letter W/ Cabinet CardLillian Russell Stage Actress Beautiful Profile Cabinet Card Sarony Photo 1891Victorian Cabinet Card Photograph Card Handsome Young Man WhitbyCivil War Cabinet Card Andersonville Pow E.w. McintoshAntique Cabinet Card Photograph Photo Of Girls With Bisque Dolls Jumeau Era Ca1880 Baseball Subject Cabinet Card Photo Outing Group W/ Painted Ring Tip BatsPa Cabinet Card Photo Boy In Suit & Bow Tie With Dog Husky Mix Or Shepard19th Century Cabinet Card Photo Of Us Military Officer In Full Uniform W SwordOld Buffalo Bill Cabinet Card William CodyLot Of 5 Victorian Celluloid, Leather, Cloth Cdv Cabinet Card & Tin Photo AlbumsCabinet Card Poodle Dog With Two Men Buffalo NyAntique Lot Of 40 Early 1900's Cdv Cabinet Card, Tins Children & Soldiers Cabinet Card Dog On Victorian Chair Portrait 6 1/2"x 4 1/4" Norwich Ct OriginalWonderful African American Black Woman Cabinet Card St Louis Mo Parsons 2c21William Mckinley - 25th U.s. President - Original In Memoriam Cabinet CardVictorian Cdv And Cabinet Card "lady Wearing A Boater 1800sMary Anderson Actress Beautiful Dress + Profile Cabinet Card Sarony Photo C1891Cabinet Card Black Man African Decent Duryea Brooklyn Holding Rolled NewspaperDog Cabinet Card Clipped Poodle & Dapper ManQueen Angeline, Daughter Of Chief Seattle Cabinet Card Native American2 Antique 2 ½ X 4 Cabinet Card Photos, Brother, Sister, Rocking Horse, MaineWilliam Henry Harrison Murray - Clergyman - Autographed Cabinet Card PhotographCabinet Card Big Dog With Muzzle And Man Pankow BerlinCabinet Card Black Dog + Boy Onawa IowaCabinet Card Of Nurse .photo By Gunn & Stuart Richmond Sy By Appt To Royalty Cabinet Card Young Woman Large Hat Large Butterfly Pin Middletown OhioOriginal Victorian Cabinet Card - Couple & Cocker Spaniel Dog Pembroke DockCabinet Card Gentleman Wearing His Gar Badge2 Cabinet Card Photos Art Works Ranger & Co. Syracuse Ny PhotographerC1890 Lovely Young Girl,polka Dot Sash, York, Pa Albumen Cabinet Card Photograph41 Late 1800s Cabinet Card Photographs Men Vintage African American Cabinet Card - Cute Little Girl Victorian Cabinet Card Photo Woman Hat Gloves Parasol Sheffield PhotographerVintage Original Cabinet Card Photo Ranch Cowboys Dude Old West Dudes Ranch Boss1890's Cabinet Card Photograph Of A British Sailor From The H M S CambridgeAntique School Photograph Cabinet Card First Columbus, Ohio School House Cabinet Card,vintage Photo Lovely Victorian Home,baby Buggy