Formschlay, Louise 1978-80-15

Petaluma Photo Parlors, Joslin & Co.’s Portrait Photograph of Louise Formschlay, c. 1890-1895


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): Louise Formschlay

Description: Cabinet card of Louise Formschlay's bust, who appears to be in her late teens. Formschlay is wearing what appears to be a black dress with a big black velvet collar. A diamond shaped brooch is fastened at her neck. Her bangs are curly, and the rest of her hair is pulled back. Her fashion dates the photo to the early 1890s.

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Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 11 x 16.25 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: N/A

Date: c. 1890-1895

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1978-80-15

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