Whitney, Olive Paris 1981-835-13

Hugh S. Anderson’s Portrait Photograph of Olive Paris Whitney, c. 1874-1875


Photographer: Hugh S. Anderson (b. between 1820 and 1828 Scotland)

Active in Petaluma: 1874 or 1875 -1876

Biographical Note: Anderson worked as an ambrotypist and paper photographer in Eureka, CA (1858-1865); Hydesville, CA (1859-1860); San Francisco, CA (1866-c.1895) and Petaluma, CA (1875-1876). Between 1875 and 1876 Anderson operated the H. Anderson’s Sunbeam Gallery at 649 Main Street, Petaluma, California

Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 82-84; Mautz, pg. 77.


Name(s): Olive Paris Whitney

Description: Carte de visite of an elderly Olive Paris Whitney sitting. Whitney is seated, wearing a black dress, black cape, and white collar. She is holding a white handkerchief. Her hair is tucked into a white bonnet and she is wearing glasses. The rounded corners on the card, Whitney's death in 1874, and Reed's duration in Petaluma date this card to 1874-1875.

Biographical Note: Olive Paris Whitney was born 1791, and died January 3rd 1874. She is the mother of Albion P. Whitney and mother-in-law of Susan Eastman. Her grandchildren include; Calvin E., Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur L., Leona, Marcella, Albion, and Clara. The back of the card says that Whitney was very religious.

Family Affiliation:

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Format / Size:  carte de viste, 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: Olive Paris Whitney b 1791 d Jan. 3rd 1874; H Anderson’s Sunbeam Gallery, Main Street, Petaluma, California.

Date: c. 1874-1875  

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-13

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