Brewster Photography


Brewster Photography


This collection represents photographs by John Calvin Brewster, first Ventura County resident photographer during 1874–1909. This collection is not inclusive of all Brewster photographs in the Research Library and Archive's collection, as more images continue to be added here as they are digitized from the prints in the collection. The Glass Plate Negatives Collection also includes many Brewster images.



Collection Items

Main Street, Ventura, 1900
View of Main Street in Ventura looking east from Figueroa St. San Buenaventura Mission on the left and Peirano's Market to the right.

Exterior View of Court House on Santa Clara Street, Ventura
Street view of the court house with an American flag flying. A group of people are standing to the side of the building and horses and buggies are in front. A caption written below the images states: "The court house was remodeled in 1900 and used…

Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Maulhardt
Bust portrait of Godfrey and Sofie Maulhardt. He is wearing a black suit, vest and tie. She is wearing a black dress. They are both looking straight at the viewer.

Downtown Ventura
Early scene of Downtown Ventura. A bird's eye view that shows buildings, the pier and the ocean.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cloyne
Wedding portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cloyne. He is seated, wearing a black suit and tie and looking directly at the viewer. She is standing with her arm leaning on his shoulder. She is wearing a black dress with white lace at the collar and…

Chinese bride and groom
Portrait of a Chinese bride and groom. He is wearing a dark suit and vest that looks slightly tattered. he is also wearing a dark hat. She is wearing a light colored embroidered shirt, with pants that have a printed design. She is wearing a round…

Albert Maulhardt
Bust portrait of Albert Maulhardt as a young man. He is wearing a dark suit, vest and tie. He also has a light pocket square. He is looking to the left of the viewer.

Conejo Road
Taken on Conejo Road in car Hal Hammons

John Reppy Jr. Fred Leistikow of North Dakota and Ted Hallowell

Street view
Walter M. Jones house

Ventura street scene
Shows "Model T" cars on the street

"Dixon Theatre"

Street scene
Downtown Ventura shows "Model T" cars, horse, and buggy transportation

Anacapa Island
Frenchy's Cove

Santa Barbara Mission
Exterior view

Ventura Wharf
Horse and buggy pictured

Oak Street
Street view looking towards the ocean

Main Street between California and Oak Street

Jake Gries

Friend of Mrs. Thos. Bell
Portrait of a man

The Elopement Ramona Series
Two people, one woman on a white horse and a man standing next to her with a brown horse that is saddled; in front of two white barns.

Bowers, Rev. Dr. Stephen
"purchased FP in 1883 see Sheridan - Hist. of VC VOL I p263

4th of July Parade, Ventura, 1876
Main street looking west from Palm street. In the foreground is the Monumentals, he first volunteer fire brigade in Ventura

View of Santa Clara Street and Figueroa Street
View with SBV Mission and Anacapa Hotel in rear. Taken from VC Court House roof

Anacapa Hotel
Palm Street shown on East side.

Two horses and buggies at the curb.

Photograph is in the Ventura County Directory 1898-99 on page 27

President McKinley's Visit to Ventura
View of a parade of horse drawn carriages for President William McKinley on a visit to Ventura. View from corner of California and Main Streets looking southeast. Odd Fellow's Hall with tower is shown on right of photo. A large banner reading…

Ferro residence
exterior, built by J. Ma--ney in early 1880s for Antonio Schiappa Pietra at Sta. Clara near palm
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