Sunday, September 3, 2017

John Howard Dubbs




photographer: Dubbs

It might seem that this would be a difficult photographer to trace since all the information available was a last name, Dubbs. However there is a lot of information about John Howard Dubbs available and it appears there was only one photographer by that name in the cabinet card era.

John Howard Dubbs
(1859 - 1930)

1859 Feb 18

born in Ohio
1880 Jun 11
US census as laborer in Milton, OH
1887
city directory as photographer at 232 Woodward in Detroit, MI
1888
Marriage to Frances Wey in East Tawas, Iosco County, MI
1889
birth of twin daughters, Hazel and Hattie, in East Tawas, MI
1890
daughter Hazel dies
1891
city directory as photographer Dubbs & Co, with partner Julius Vernier at 331 Broadway in Toledo, OH

1893
city directory as photographer at 206 Vine in Knoxville, TN
1895
birth of son Howard in Glasgow, TN
1900 Jun 01
US census as photographer in Weston, OH
1902
birth of son Franklin in Weston, OH
1909
as gardener res 315 Emerald in Grand Rapids, MI
1910 May 05
US census as photographer res 315 Emerald av in Grand Rapids MI
1910
birth of daughter Dorothy in Grand Rapids, MI
1911
death of daughter Dorothy in Grand Rapids, MI
1914
city directory as baker in Flint, MI
1916
city directory as baker in Flint, MI
1918
city directory as proprietor of Hotel Flushing in Flint, MI

1920
US census as Artist in Flushing, MI
1921
city directory as photographer at 512 Garland, Flint, MI
1922
city directory as photographer at 512 Garland, Flint, MI
1926
marriage to Gertrude House in Lansing, MI
1930 Apr 04
US census as photographer at 210 Brewer, Cadillac, MI
1930 Sep 27
John H. Dubbs dies at 210 Brewer in Cadillac, MI

The documents show Dubbs as photographer from 1887 to 1910, then into other occupations from 1914 through 1918. Then from 1920 to 1930 he is back working as a photographer. Cabinet cards were losing popularity after 1910 so it’s a good guess that the card here was finished during the earlier work in photography. Considering the rounded corner cut of the card itself, this card was probably made around 1900 in Ohio.

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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