Vonsen, Kit 1978-80-32

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Kit Vonsen, c. 1880-1884

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): Kit Vonsen

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Biographical Note: Cabinet card of a toddler Kit Vonsen. Vonsen is standing, with her arm resting on a simple studio chair. She is wearing a dress with a white lace collar. The lack of studio props, and photographer’s name at the bottom of the card date the photo to the early 1880's. The back of the card is incorrect, as it is Kit Vonsen in the photo. See 1978-80-33 for a photo of Kit with her brother George.

Family Affiliation:

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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: Genevieve Marguerite Powers At six months

Date: c. 1880 - 1884

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1978-80-32

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