Apart from family items, I don’t have many Australian examples of cabinet cards in my collection of vintage photos. It is very hard to find old photos for sale here and when you do, most of their stock comes from the USA. I am not sure why so few Australian photos enter the market. Maybe few sellers have discovered their value as collector’s items, or they are more often kept or destroyed by family members than they are elsewhere.
Little Florrie’s portrait is a sweet example of the few local photos I have. This was taken in a studio in George Street in Sydney at the Queen Victoria Markets, which is still standing, but is now called the Queen Victoria Building. The photographer’s studio Tesla, (The Great Tesla Studios) advertised regularly in the Sydney Morning Herald. The advertisement, below was published on 20 November 1912.