Whitney, Albie 1981-835-12

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Albie Whitney, 1876


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): Albie Whitney

Description: Carte de visite of a young Albion Whitney sitting. Whitney is wearing a child's sailor-themed suit with striping along the collar, cuffs, and pants. He has on a white shirt, white socks, and a large dark bow tie. He is sitting on a fringe studio prop chair, popular in the late 1860's/early 1870's.

Biographical Note: Albion Whitney was born April 10th 1870 in Petaluma to Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman. Her siblings include; Calvin E., Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur L., Leona, Marcella, and Clara.

Family Affiliation:

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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. Over Wells, Fargo & Co’s Ex. Office, Main St., Petaluma, Cal.

Date: 1876

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-12

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