Cartes-de-visite—pocket-sized, card-mounted photographs—were widely collected and shared in the mid-1800s. Members of Congress took advantage of this affordable trend, using the little cards for campaigning, and creating a personal connection with constituents.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Explore the Collection,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Search
(September 26, 2022)
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