Eastman, Flora 1981-835-15

Lewis Dowe’s Portrait Photograph of Flora Eastman, c. 1877-1880


Photographer: Lewis Dowe (b. 1838, New Hampshire)

Active in Petaluma: 1877-1880

Biographical Note: Dowe worked in Petaluma as both a “view” and portrait photographer.  After leaving Petaluma he worked in San Francisco, operated as a traveling photographer and by 1904, was working to repair musical instruments.

Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 95. 


Name(s): Flora Eastman

Description: Carte de visite of Flora Eastman's bust in an oval frame. The sepia tone denotes albumen processing on paper. Eastman appears to have short hair, or short bangs, with the rest of her hair pulled back. She is wearing a blouse with white buttons and collar with three chevron stripes across the chest. The rounded edges, oval frame, woman's fashion, and Dowe's duration in Petaluma date this photo between 1877-1880.

Biographical Note: Possible relation to Susan Eastman, her sister perhaps? Susan Eastman was the wife of Senator Albion P. Whitney.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment


Format / Size: carte de visite, approximately 6.25 x 10.5 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: Flora - Daughter of Florella Eastman; L. Dowe, Photographer, Petaluma, Cal.

Date: c. 1877-1880

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-15

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