Could these be more beautiful? 
I bought a stack on these, all different sizes and from different studios, from the flea market in Milan. 
Apparently, studios across Italy would glue the images on extra thick card stock (suitable for display but cheaper than framing?) and cover the back in grand self-promotuion. 
These must’ve meant so much to the people that gave and received them.  They really make me dream AND make me want to figure out how to do these today! 
I’ll be posting more of these over the next few weeks.
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  • thesartorialistCould these be more beautiful?
    I bought a stack on these, all different sizes and from different studios, from the flea market in Milan.
    Apparently, studios across Italy would glue the images on extra thick card stock (suitable for display but cheaper than framing?) and cover the back in grand self-promotuion.
    These must’ve meant so much to the people that gave and received them. They really make me dream AND make me want to figure out how to do these today!
    I’ll be posting more of these over the next few weeks.

  • marysintMy photographer friends in Finland have an amazing art project called Atelieri O. Haapala. They take portraits inspired by these old cabinet cards and actually MAKE those cards also. Check out www.ohaapala.com 👌
  • londonsockcoAmazing piece of history
  • tyrogers31@thesartorialist These types of cards were not produced after the early 1890's plus the man's clothing & facial hair suggests an earlier date. The handwritten date could mean many things; perhaps he gave the photo to someone years later for example. The photographer (translated) is Peter Tempestini of La Spezia.
  • tyrogers31@mkarshovski just realized you asked this question - see my answer above
  • watsonkennedySome of my very favorite finds on our travels.
  • miguelitomartinI have a ton of them from my Grandparents. Back in the day, Photography was not available to the masses. It was not cheap! Love how far photography has evolved. And look at us now. Click...email...post...
  • analu55@thesartorialist 💕💕💕💕💕💕
  • fortunamonsoon@folklorica @leuhwaslike
  • niizan@mioumydarling kan det vara något för dej?
  • la_burbera_beneficaIt says "in sign of sincere friendship" Nov 29, 03 (1903, obviously). Signed Ernesto ( cannot decipher surname)
  • dannypostgowiththevloThey are called cartes de visite. Oldskool business cards. Love them too. I have many.
  • madamebravauI collect them and if I'm not mistaken then reason they glued the photos was so that the clients could ask for more prints of that exact photograph. On mine it says "les cliches son conserve"
  • lolachanningThis was done al over Europe at that time. All the way to Lliv
  • qcart@bronwynbrigid right up your alley.
  • belvedere_btVery cool. Lots of people here know the real history of these cabinet cards. I had never seen one before. They remind me of baseball cards the tobacco companies produced from the late 1800's to early 1900's...
  • graciousmadreCool 💙
  • clotheclown2Bellissimo
  • bronwyn.gruet@qcart oooOOOoooo love!!
  • drewecoBeautiful...
  • laurasalistarI also have a collection of these. You can also find them in Bucharest, Romania. I love how they keep the story in, how they keep the story on...
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