Mecham, Harrison 2000-113-03

Lewis Dowe’s Portrait Photograph of Harrison Mecham, c. 1877-1880


Photographer: Lewis Dowe (b. 1838, New Hampshire)

Active in Petaluma: 1877-1880

Biographical Note: Dowe worked in Petaluma as both a “view” and portrait photographer. After leaving Petaluma he worked in San Francisco, operated as a traveling photographer and by 1904, was working to repair musical instruments.

Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 95.


Name(s): Harrison Mecham Sr.

Description: Cabinet card of Harrison Mecham Sr.'s bust. Meacham has a large beard and is wearing a three-piece suit. Dowe's duration in Petaluma dates this photo between 1877-1880. A local philanthropist, Mecham is responsible for donating the Hebe Fountain to Petaluma in 1891, and planting the thousands of eucalyptus trees along Stony Point. Mecham was born in 1833 and passed away in 1909.

Biographical Note: Harrison Mecham PDF

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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: Harrison Mecham

Date: c. 1877-1880

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 2000-113-03

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