Almost all albumen prints are done on very thin paper and then mounted to cardboard.
This process was very common in the last half of the 19th century and was used most on cabinet cards.
Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. The humble cigarette card provides a breathtaking window to perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind: 1870s-1930s.
World Wars, the first Hollywood movie stars, motorcars, the Wright Brothers' first flight, early sports celebrities and much more (see categories above) are all vividly portrayed on these miniature masterpieces.
It is the cigarette card's uncanny ability to tap into the interests of a wide cross-section of society and inbuilt collectibility that have ensured its survival over other collectors' items.
The trading card pre-dates the cigarette card and originated from the 17th century tradesman's cards.
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Airbrush - A Technique which colors have been painted using air compression.
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