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George H. Johnson, c. 1823 - ?  Search this
Domingo Ghirardelli, 1817 - 17 Jan 1894  Search this
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 8.9 x 5.5cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/16")
Mount: 10.1 x 6.1cm (4 x 2 3/8")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
United States\California\San Francisco
c. 1862
Exhibition Label:
A confectioner from Italy, Domingo Ghirardelli established himself as a chocolate merchant in Lima, Peru, before immigrating to California in 1849. Unsuccessful as a miner, Ghirardelli returned to the confectioner's trade shortly thereafter, opening his first shop in Stockton, California. Ghirardelli's business selling chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit was profitable, leading him to open a second store in San Francisco. Although a fire destroyed this establishment in 1851, he rebuilt. Ghirardelli was one of only two chocolate manufacturers in the United States before the Civil War, and his product dominated the western market. By the 1880s he was importing more than 450,000 pounds of cocoa beans a year. The photographer of this carte-de-visite portrait was George H. Johnson, who-like Ghirardelli-relocated to California during the gold rush. He also failed as a prospector, but earned a reputation for opening one of the first photography studios in San Francisco.
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Photographic format\Carte-de-visite  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Domingo Ghirardelli: Male  Search this
Domingo Ghirardelli: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Chocolate  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Sidney S. Lawrence III in memory of Polly Ghirardelli Lawrence (1921-1997)
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