The early history of the cabinet card and the specifics of the process are closely related to those of the carte de visite. In 1863, Windsor & Bridge of London announced a new large card photograph of a 4" x 5 1/2" albumen print on a 4 1/4" x 6 1/2" heavy cardboard mount. Prior to the production of albums for the new format, the large cards were prominently displayed in the drawing room cabinet, thus inspiring the name cabinet card.
Introduced 1863 Peak Years 1870-1900 Waned 1905-1920
This brief history of the cabinet card was taken, in part, from The Collector's Guide to Early Photographs, Second Edition by O. Henry Mace