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.

Charles Donlon
Portrait of Charles Donlon. He is wearing a suit and is looking to the viewer's left.

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"

Ventura Main Street Scene
Street scene showing Main Street in Downtown Ventura at Chestnut Street looking west. There are horses, horse and buggies, and "Model T" cars. Visible buildings include the Odd Fellows building, Hotel Rose and Mercer's Garage.

Anacapa Island, Frenchy's Cove
Distant view of Frenchy's Cove on Anacapa Island. View of a coastline and rocky cliffs. A man stands on rocks near the water and in the background on a rocky hill, there are some figures standing. A small cabin and tent are on the shore.

Santa Barbara Mission
Exterior view

Ventura Wharf
A man stands in front of a horse and buggy on the beach with the Ventura Wharf in the background. The man is holding the horse near its mouth and looking at the viewer.

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

Ventura Oil Refinery
Double image of the Ventura Oil Refinery in the 1880s on Bing Island - east Ventura Wharf. Bing Island was a refinery site near head of Ventura Wharf between Fir and Ash St.

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.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bowers
Bust portrait of Stephen Bowers looking off to the left of the viewer.

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
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