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Picturing the family
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2.1.1 Card mounted photographs 1860–c.1914

Figure 3 A photograph of two people
Image 3 Photographer/Painter: Anon.
Figure 4 A photograph of two people
Image 4 Photographer/Painter: Anon.

In Britain, standardization and mass production in photography came with the introduction of the carte de visite from c.1860. A larger version known as the cabinet appeared in 1866. Cartes and cabinets were paper prints of a standard size mounted on cardboard mounts of a standard size. They retailed by the score, dozen or half dozen and were housed in purpose-designed albums that appeared on the market at the same time.