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

April 20, 2014 Travis Dewitz

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.

Cabinet Card of Ballerina Displayed on Desk Next to a Tintype


Pet Cabinet Card Displayed on Wood Cabinet


Cabinet Cards Come in White Protective Glassine Sleeves


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

My 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

My name is Travis Dewitz and I am from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My specialty is commercial photography with a love for expressive portraits. My work is Conceptual, Emotive, Editorial, Surreal and Eclectic. I am passionate about fashioning new worlds through photographs as I extend my visions beyond the realm of the camera. I have incredible vision, which you can see in all of my photos.

Comments (3)

  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

  2. marie valoris

    I have this photograph by William C Bell that I found in back of an old frame. It is a picture of what I believe is an African American football or baseball team. It is out of West Chester Pa studios. I am just curious after reading his brief history why he would photograph a Black team, since most of the photographs seemed to be very upscale people (I don’t mean the previous statement in a negative way.) It is beautiful and I am simply interested in what team it was since I live near Philadelphia.
    Marie K Valoris
    I showed it to my African American Friends and I told them I would research it.

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