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Packard, Cullen C., 1839-1898



  • Existence: 1839 - 1898


Cullen Packard was born to Royal L. Packard and Mercy (Hersey) Packard at Cummington, Massachusetts in served in the Civil War, Company H 10th Mass. Infantry. After returning from the war, he relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Cullen Packard was active as a photographer in Kalamazoo from 1867 until 1898. In 1885, he was granted a patent for his invention, the Packard Shutter. The patent reads " Cullen C. Packard for new and useful improvements in photographic shutters."

Source: Find A Grave database.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Cullen P. Packard

 File — Folder 8
Identifier: Folder 8
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

The earliest photographs begin around 1870 and end at 1900. They show a variety of people, typically men or women at various ages although there are a few photographs of children. The photographs for the most part are head and shoulders portrait. Two of the children's photographs are full-size portraits. They are in sepia tone and show various hairstyles and clothing.

Dates: 1870-1900

Kalamazoo Portrait Photographers

Identifier: RH-A-2898

The collection is composed of photographs, mainly carte de visites, cabinet cards and miscellaneous photographs of unidentified people taken by Kalamazoo photographers. These photographs more than likely were taken anywhere between 1870 and 1955.

Dates: 1870-1900

The Hurtt Family

Identifier: RH-A-3349
Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of one sepia-toned cabinet card, 4 ¼”x6 ½” of three children, two girls and one boy, and one adult male, all holding musical instruments. The photograph is identified as "The Hurtt Family." Local photographer C.C. Packard took the photograph and his name is at the bottom of the photograph.

Dates: ca. 1886