Portrait of Alexander H. McGuffey, 1894

Summary

Professional photographers began producing cabinet cards in 1867. Consumers quickly preferred them over earlier cartes-de-visite, which were mounted on smaller cardboard stock. Through the early 1900s, Americans commonly exchanged and collected cabinet photographs of family, friends and celebrities. This example from James Landy's Cincinnati, Ohio studio depicts Alexander McGuffey, who co-wrote the famed "McGuffey Readers" with his brother, William.

Professional photographers began producing cabinet cards in 1867. Consumers quickly preferred them over earlier cartes-de-visite, which were mounted on smaller cardboard stock. Through the early 1900s, Americans commonly exchanged and collected cabinet photographs of family, friends and celebrities. This example from James Landy's Cincinnati, Ohio studio depicts Alexander McGuffey, who co-wrote the famed "McGuffey Readers" with his brother, William.

Artifact

Cabinet photograph

Subject Date

1894

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

30.1255.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Mounting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.75 in

Width: 3.813 in

Inscriptions

front, imprinted: Landy, 208 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati verso, handwritten: Alex'd H. McGuffey, Age 78 Years

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