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'Cartes de Visites' and 'Cabinet Photographs' were popular items for Victorian collectors during the 1880s and 1890s. Both these types of image were mounted on card but the 'cartes de visite' (calling cards) were smaller and considerably cheaper. Photographers produced and sold thousands of portraits, with the public desiring photographs of themselves and their families as well as famous people like politicians and members of the royal family.
Some photographers claimed to be able to take almost 100 photographs in a single day. The subject was usually seated and the photographers would generally give them a choice of only two rather rigid poses.