Minettes were minature cabinet style photos, typical copies of larger Cabinet cards shrunken down.
This particular minette is of a young woman from Waterbury, CT.
Photographer S.B. Hill, 82 Bank St., Waterbury, CT.
Back is signed “Minnie Sprague” and has a great advertisement:
“Notice: Send a cabinet photograph (well protected with heavy cardboard), 25 cents in silver, and a 2 cent stamp for postage, and get one dozen minette photographs. – No Tintypes and nothing but cabinets copied. Cabinets will be returned with minettes.”