A CdV card measures about 4¼ inches (110 mm) by 2½ inches (65 mm)
|These photographs were usually ordered a dozen at a time and were originally intended to be given to friends who collected them in albums.
|The heyday of the CdV was over by the turn of the century.
Well over Ninety Five percent of photographs in this format are Victorian. The introduction of the picture postcard and the "Brownie" camera killed them off.
Photographers continued to produce them through to the First World War but without other evidence it is safer to presume a CdV is Victorian.
The large cards which measure 6½ inches by 4¼ inches are called Cabinet cards.
The photograph is pasted onto a thick card often with beautifully printed backs