Appropriations Committee Chairman and the leader of the Andrew Johnson impeachment commission, Thaddeus Stevens had a level of celebrity typical of cartes-de-visite subjects. Calling card–sized albumen prints of actors, politicians, and other notable public figures were collected rapaciously by the public from the time of the format’s invention in the mid-1850s until the 1870s, when a larger iteration of the same idea—the cabinet card—came into vogue.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Thaddeus Stevens Carte-de-visite,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2007/2007-315-000/ (May 23, 2022)
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