Black, Mabel (also see Putnam) 1994-633-01

Horace E. Hunt’s Portrait Photograph of Mabel Black Putnam, c. 1896 - 1900

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer:  Horace E. Hunt 

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Mabel Black Putnam

Description: Cabinet card of Mabel Black Putnam. Putnam has short curly bangs and the rest of her hair is pulled back. She is wearing a dress with big sleeves, characteristic of the late 1890's. There is pleating along the chest, ruffles around the sleeves, and a high collar. The photographer’s embossed signature, and Putnam's dress date the photo to the late 1890's.

Biographical Note: Mother of Rutherford Putnam, the husband of Petaluma mayor Helen Putnam. It seems Mabel B. Putnam was the namesake for Rutherford and Helen's daughter.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 10.75 x 16.5 cm

Medium: albumen photographic print mounted on cardstock

Description, Obverse: (identify group or individual, gender(s);

identify pose, furniture & props; describe composition, background, added

color…)

Description, Reverse:Mother of Rutherford Putnam”

Date: c. 1896 - 1900

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-633-01

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