John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Woman, c. 1880-1885
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: Cabinet card of an elderly unidentified woman's bust. The woman's hair is pulled back and she is wearing a dark dress with a plain high collar, pinned at the base of her neck. The card's format, and the woman's fashion date this card to the early 1880s.
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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: c. 1880-1885
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1999-X-09
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