GERMANY – CABINET PHOTOGRAPH – KAISER WILHELM I AT DIFFERENT AGES
This is a cabinet photograph of Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) at various ages from the time when he was a young prince to the first Kaiser of Germany. A cabinet photograph is essentially an oversized Carte de Viste (CdV) which were popular during the Victorian period as photo shops became more common. A cabinet photograph would often feature a royal, noble, or military personage.
The cabinet photograph shows eight different images of Wilhelm I first as a young man and finally with the central image as Kaiser Wilhelm I. It is titled “Unser Kaiser Jung u. alt.” There is a legend at the bottom which identifies Wilhelm I from the age of seven upward. The photographic firm was located in Hamburg.