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Selected photographs by Jose Mora

Most of Mora's photographs are cabinet cards.  The image was pasted to a stiff, paper card which measured about 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches.  This size was popular from the late 1860s to about 1900.  Mora also sold the smaller, cheaper versions of the same photo called the carte-de-visite (pronounced cart-day-vizeat).  This format measured 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and was patented by the Frenchman Disderi in 1854.  It became popular in America during the Civil War around 1860.  Both types were usually kept in albums and collected by the public as baseball cards are today.


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