Man with banjo

This CDV (carte de visite) came from an antiques shop in Massachusetts.  CDVs declined in popularity in the 1870s with the advent of larger cabinet cards, but the format remained common into the 1880s.  The albumen print process was used for both formats.  

Parlor trio

Informal early photos of musicians are surprisingly rare.  On the other hand, musical instruments have often appeared in formal portraits.  The postcard below was made some years after the photo above.

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