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Cabinet photograph of a woman
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E. J. Palmer, Photographer
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Item Type
A cabinet photograph of a woman from the photo album of Amos Wright, resident of Richmond Hill.
Eli J. Palmer is listed as operating photography business in Toronto in ca. 1850-1870s.

The motto "Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat" on the reverse side of the photograph can be translated from the Latin as "let whoever earns the palm bear it."

"Cabinet card photographs were first introduced in 1866. They were initially employed for landscapes rather than portraitures. Cabinet cards replaced Carte de visite photographs as the popular mode of photography. Cabinet cards became the standard for photographic portraits in 1870. Cabinet cards experienced their peak in popularity in the 1880′s. Cabinet cards were still being produced in the United States until the early 1900′s and continued to be produced in Europe even longer. The best way to describe a cabinet card is that it is a thin photograph that is mounted on a card that measures 4 1/4″ by 6 1/2″. Cabinet cards frequently have artistic logos and information on the bottom or the reverse of the card which advertised the photographer or the photography studio’s services."
Reverse side:
Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat
E. J. Palmer
C. W.
Date of Original
ca. 1850-1870s
Width: 6.2 cm
Height: 9.7 cm
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.87111 Longitude: -79.43725
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Cabinet photograph of a woman

A cabinet photograph of a woman from the photo album of Amos Wright, resident of Richmond Hill.