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Context: 
Carte de visite photo. Carte de visit photos were albumen prints mounted on heavy card, 2.5 by 4 inches. The cards became enormously popular and were traded among friends and visitors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons. "Cardomania" spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors.