Charles Perkins Thompson of Massachusetts ordered this “cabinet card” size carte-de-visite from Warren’s, a photography studio in Boston and Cambridgeport. Using a process perfected in 1854, cartes-de-visite were inexpensive to produce and immensely popular. Originally made to fit on a calling card-sized mount, larger images like this became dominant by the 1870s. As they were easily and inexpensively produced, cabinet cards were an obvious match for campaigning politicians, who could distribute them to constituents.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Charles Thompson Carte-de-visite,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2007/2007-112-000/ (September 18, 2021)
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