Tuesday, 4 April 2017

91 : Midget Gems


This small Victorian portrait card measures just 2.5 by 1.5 inches and was of a size known, appropriately enough, as a midget. Such cards never achieved the popularity of their larger cousins - the carte-de-visite and the cabinet card - but they were popular for a time in the 1890s because they were significantly cheaper than the larger cards. In the early 1890s, Henry Spinks would sell you a dozen midget cards for just four shillings and sixpence. Who this particular midget is, I have no idea: but she is a midget gem.

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