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Circa 1864-66 photos of Mr. & Mrs. Compton, Arcata, CA
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: January 01, 2012 at 16:54:32
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I purchased a pair of undated studio portraits of a young man and a young woman, identified on the backs of the mounts in period pencil handwriting:

"Mr Compton


"Mrs Compton

Both photos bear tax stamps, which date the photos between 1 Aug 1864 and 1 Aug 1866 (at the height of the demand for carte-de-vista portraits during the Civil War, the federal government levied a tax on "sun pictures"). One of these stamps is cancelled with initials "F. & T." handwritten in ink across the face. This indicates that the photo was taken by Flanders and Tuttle, which was a partnership of Dudley P. Flanders and William N. Tuttle, active in Arcata, Eureka and Rohnerville, 1865-66 (see "Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West," by Carl Mautz, Carl Mautz Publishing, Nevada City, CA, 1997).

I can't find likely candidates for this couple in the census data.

Contact me for free scans.

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