The New Cabinet Cards That Bring the Past Back to the Present

April 20, 2014 Travis Dewitz

Dewitz Photographys Brand New Cabinet Cards

My new cabinet cards are a very unique item that once was extremely common. I believe I am the only photographer that offers real cabinet cards today that can have your portrait on them. Once a very popular product that photography studios first offered in the late 1860’s all the way through the beginning of the 1900’s. They would mount your photographic print to a sturdy card stock that was usually press printed and embossed with their studio information on the bottom front of the card. One of the purposes of the cabinet card and where the name was derived from was the ability to display your portraits on a cabinet shelf or above the fireplace. I have been collecting vintage portraits and cabinet cards when I came up with the idea and decided to have my own cabinet cards made. Since nobody manufactures these any more, I had to search for companies that had the ability to manufacture a custom order like this. Many emails and mailed samples later I was able to have my own blank cabinet cards produced and embossed with my own logo and Eau Claire, Wisconsin in silver ink  just like cards of the past.

Each one is hand produce for my clients one at a time. I start with a photo that I trim and glue down onto the cardstock with a special mounting glue. The photos I use are printed on a very high quality paper with an added protective matte top coat. The top coat protects the image from scratches and fingerprints when being handled. I also make the individually glassine protective sleeves that  your photos will come in. If you want your very own portrait cabinet cards to display on a shelf, frame, or give as a gift, please contact me today.

Dewitz Photography Cabinet Card Ballerina Displayed on Desk by Tin Type

Cabinet Card of Ballerina Displayed on Desk Next to a Tintype


Dewitz Photography Cabinet Card Dog Displayed on Wood Cabinet

Pet Cabinet Card Displayed on Wood Cabinet


Dewitz Photography Cabinet Cards in White Protective Glassine Sleeve

Cabinet Cards Come in White Protective Glassine Sleeves


Native American Wedding Cabinet Card

 You can find more information about buying your own cabinet cards here.

travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographMy name is Travis Dewitz and I am from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I love photography. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I specialize in these three areas of photography; CorporatePortraits, and Youth Modeling. These three areas that I offer fit my strengths and keen precision I have for these art forms. I believe the most important quality of a photograph, as in all art, is to evoke an emotional response. The bold pursuit of chasing the best one yet pushes me to continually evolve my photography vision; with precision, compassion and visual drama. ~ read more about me.

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

Comments (2)

  1. Were did you have them printed the card stock I’d like reproduce old photo with my shops name there great thing your doing if be interested n having you do my photo I’m fully suited out in tattoos I’d like do very vintage photo n were did you order from ? Thsnx nate

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