Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I love these types of photos. The mount style is called trompe l’oeil and literally means “trick the eye.” The intent is to make it look like the photo was on a rolled up piece of paper and was a popular mount style in the 1880s and 1890s. I have other photos in this style. You can click on the category Trompe L’oeil to see them.

the photographer was O. H. Spencer in Circleville, Ohio.


One thought on “Trompe l’oeil

  1. I always refer to it as a scroll frame cabinet card. I’m happy to learn the actual term for the design!

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