Whitney, Calvin E. 1981-835-22

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Calvin Whitney, c. 1874-1875


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): Calvin Whitney

Description: Carte de visite of Calvin Whitney's bust in an oval frame. Whitney is wearing a suit with a white shirt and a dark bow tie. He has sideburns, a mustache, and combed hair. The rounded corners of the card, single line border, and Reed's time in Petaluma date this card between 1874-1875.

Biographical Note: Calvin Whitney is the oldest child of Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman. His siblings include Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur L., Leona, Marcella, Albion, 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: c. 1874-1875

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-22

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