Johnson, Bryan R.

BRYAN R. JOHNSON (b. c. 1834 New York State; active in Petaluma c. 1863 - c.1867) Johnson worked as a daguerreotypist, ambrotypist and paper photographer in San Francesco, CA (c. 1856-1857); Benicia, CA (1858); Oakland, CA (1860) and Petaluma, CA (c.1863-1867). In 1863 he established “Johnson’s Premium Pioneer Photographic Gallery” in Doyle’s Block Building on Main  Street, Petaluma and in1864 relocated his studio to Petaluma’s Phoenix Block. He later returned to the Doyle’s Block this time over the Morris Cigar Store and his cartes de visite from this location bear the imprint, “From B. R. Johnson’s Photographic Establishment, Doyle’s Building, Main Street, Petaluma.” Johnson advertised himself as doing “First Class Work” and his studio as outfitted “in the most splendid style” featuring “the late improved frosted Lites, more generally used in the Eastern Cities.” In 1865 he studied the recent improvements in photography at the gallery of Mathew B. Brady in New York City and then returned to his Petaluma studio where he continued until at least 1867. Sometime in 1867 his studio was taken over by William Henry Lentz. Palmquist, pgs. 325-326; Mautz, pg. 114.

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Joslin & Co.

AMON JAMES TUFT JOSLIN (b. 1839 Rockwood, New York d. 1913 San Benito County, California) Petaluma Photo Parlors, Joslin & Co. (active in Petaluma 1893+) Joslin is associated with a controversial ambrotype taken of Abraham Lincoln in Danville, Illinois dated to May 27, 1857. By sometime in 1893, Joslin had moved to Petaluma and taken over George Ross’ Petaluma studio opposite the American Hotel on 810 Main Street. By 1910 Joslin had moved to Yreka California where he continued working as a photographer. Mautz, pg. 115.

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