Byce, Malcolm 1994-60-01

Petaluma Photo Parlors, Joslin & Co.’s Portrait Photograph of Malcolm Byce, c. 1893-1900


Photographer: Amon James Tuft Joslin  (b. 1839 Rockwood, New York, d. 1913 San Benito County, California)

Active in Petaluma: 1893+

Biographical Note: 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 Main Street. By 1910 Joslin had moved to Yreka California where he continued working as a photographer.

Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 115. 


Name(s): Malcolm Byce

Description: Cabinet card of Malcolm Byce on bike- approximately 6 years of age. Lyman Byce had two sons, Malcolm Lyman Byce and Wilber Byce (Everyone called him Elwood). Based on the photographer's history the photo was taken between 1893 and 1900. Elwood took over the business and it became the Petaluma Electric Incubator Company. After Elwood died in 1954 it went out of business.

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Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 10.5 x 16 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: “Malcolm Byce approx. 6 yrs”

Date: c. 1893-1900

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-60-01

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