Vestal, Alice 1984-289-09

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Alice Vestal, 1879


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.


Name(s): Alice Vestal

Description: Carte de visite of Alice Vestal. The photo appears to be celebrating Vestal's graduation from Petaluma High School, class of 1879. Vestal is wearing a white ruffled dress with three-quarter sleeves. There is floral applique along her collar and skirt. She has short curly bangs, while half is pulled into a bun and the other half hangs in sausage curls. There are also two studio props in the frame.

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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: Alice Vestal Class of 1979. J.Q. Reed, Photographic Artist. Brick Block opposite McGuire’s Drug Store Main St., Petaluma, Cal.

Date: 1879

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1984-289-09

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