Man with banjo

This CDV (carte-de-visite) came from an antiques shop in Massachusetts.  CDVs began to decline in popularity in the 1870s with the advent of larger cabinet cards, but the format remained in use until about 1900.  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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