Sunday, January 25, 2015

Photo Number 1806

This is a CdV from Craig’s Collection.

Bob Laird CDV Craigs

Bob Laird CDV Craigs back

Bob Laird

From Johnson & Sullivan’s Portable Photograph Gallery

I will guess this CdV was taken in the 1870’s.  The young boy looks to be maybe 10 or 11 years old.

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  1. Too many Bob or Robert Lairds at Find a Grave born about 1860 to even begin to guess who this fellow is :(

  2. If we could only find some info about the photographer. I've hunted and hunted and can find nothing.

  3. looks interesting. Note the wife's maiden name?

    I think this Robert B Laird died in Los Angeles CA too.

  4. I noticed the Wood name...might be. I searched for the photographer too and came up empty handed.

  5. "Charles Wallace Jacob Johnson (1833-1903)

    C.W.J. Johnson, was also a miner, he had a one man band and taught dance and music before he came to Monterey and the Hotel del Monte he was the first official photographer, from the mid 1880s to the late 1890s. Johnson photographed a variety of subjects, including hotel guests, and the Pacific Grove Retreat, Carmel and Carmel Mission, farmers, ranchers of the Carmel Valley and Big Sur region.

    He learned photography from William N. Tuttle of Arcata, Humboldt County in the mid 1860s. In 1870, Johnson moved to San Francisco; went into partnership with T. Al Sullivan and married Sullivan's sister, Mrs. Norah Pardon on Dec. 2, 1875. He moved to Watsonville in 1877; and after to Monterey when the Hotel del Monte opened in June of 1880, he opened a gallery on first Alvarado street in Monterey (he moved his gallery to the hotel itself in 1887). Johnson was a very prolific photographer, leaving a rich photographic record of life in the Monterey Bay region.

    Johnson was born in Maryland on August 3, 1833, the son of George M. and Matilda Johnson. He came to California in the 1850's and was active up to 1898 and he died in Salinas on January 17, 1903."


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