Unidentified Man 1994-633-54

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Man, 1888

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.

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unknown

Description: Cabinet card of an unidentified man's bust. The man's hair is combed and parted, and he has a moustache. He has a three-piece tweed suit with a bow tie and an up-turned collar. Based on the man's fashion and Reed's duration in Petaluma I would date this photo to the late 1880s.

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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: N/A

Date: 1888

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-633-54

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