Side Saddle Lady Museum

and other printed memorabilia

(Postcards, Carte de Visites, Cabinet Cards, Trade Cards, Cigarette Cards)
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Sending postcards was in its heyday in the Edwardian era until the 1920s and '30s. Collecting postcards from this era, both real photos and artist-drawn ones, is now a popular pastime, and reflect the social history of the time. Size of cards is generally 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

Cartes de Visites
The carte de visite (visiting card) was fashionable during the nineteenth century and are real photos of people and places. Cartes de visites are very good at showing the changing riding habit styles, although these photos, backed on stiff card are quite small - approximately 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

Cabinet Cards
Cabinet cards are larger card-backed photographs, usually taken by professional photographers (with their names depicted on the card) in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, quite often in studio poses. They show more detail in costume and saddlery than cartes de visites; approximate size is 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.

Trade Cards
Trade cards were issued by individual businesses to advertise their goods. Many trade cards of the Victorian, Edwardian, and other twentieth-century periods featured ladies in equestrian pursuits, with a description of the business, or advertising a particular item, printed on the back. Sizes of these cards varied.

Cigarette Cards
Many cigarette manufacturers issued collectable series of cards with their packets of cigarettes, featuring every conceivable subject. Among the series of equestrian ones, some depicted women on horseback in different poses and ranged from hunting scenes to aspects of horsemanship. Size of cards are approximately 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches.


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