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High end cabinet cards depicting famous athletes regularly sell for hundreds of dollars and more.

The earliest cabinet card mounts were thin, light in weight and light cream, sepia, white or off white.

We received a Christmas card from the Llewellyn-Bowen family this week, Laurence, his wife and two daughters dressed up in a 1920s jazz style.

It made me think of our feature on postcards in our Christmas issue written by photo dating expert Jayne Shrimpton that included a Christmas postcard from her collection.

The daguerreotype was created by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre and is known by photography experts as the first practical form of photography.

The complexity of imprint is another factor in dating a card.While these light colors were used for many years after, in the 1880s and later various colors were used.Mounted photographs with multi color mounts and/or embossed designs, particularly an embossed faux frame and photgraphers name, date from after 1890 and usually after 1900.Daguerreotypes were sealed in glass for protection.In America, daguerreotypes were often placed in hinged, wooden cases with paper or leather coverings.Boxes of old photographs can sometimes come down the family with no indication of who the sitters are.

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