John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Infant, c. 1874-1875
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: John Quincy Reed (b. 1842, Massachusetts, d. 1902)
Active in Petaluma: 1874-1898
Biographical Note: Reed worked from several different studios during his time in Petaluma. In 1874 his studio was in the “American Hall, Main Street,” thereafter it was “Over Wells, Fargo & Co’s. Ex. Office, Main St” and finally it was “Brick Block, opposite McGuire’s Drug Store, Main Street.” According to Palmquist, Reed was charged with arson for setting fire to property in Petaluma at the corner of Cleveland and College Avenues.
Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 452-53; Mautz, pg. 134.
Description: Carte de visite of an unidentified infant in an oval frame. The infant has on a patterned, white dress and is sitting on a studio prop blanket. Her face is fairly blurry. The rounded edges, oval frame, and Reed's duration in Petaluma date this photo to the early 1870's.
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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: J.Q. Reed, Photographic Artist. Brick Block opposite McGuire’s Drug Store Main St., Petaluma, Cal.
Date: c. 1874-1875
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-633-42
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