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
city directory as photographer at 232 Woodward in Detroit, MI
Marriage to Frances Wey in East Tawas, Iosco County, MI
birth of twin daughters, Hazel and Hattie, in East Tawas, MI
daughter Hazel dies
city directory as photographer Dubbs & Co, with partner Julius Vernier at 331 Broadway in Toledo, OH

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

US census as Artist in Flushing, MI
city directory as photographer at 512 Garland, Flint, MI
city directory as photographer at 512 Garland, Flint, MI
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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