John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment
of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is collector Joel H. Du
Joel Herbert Du Bose (1860-1934), was born on May 29, 1860, son of parents from South Carolina Captain Joshua W. Du Bose, who served during the Civil
War, and Frances M. Du Bose. His family are director descendants of James Du Bois, a French Huguenot, who led the French expedition that came to America to
escape religious persecution.
DuBose was a grocer in Petersburg, Georgia. He had been a life long collector of natural history specimens and stamps and coins and seems to have dabbled as
a stamp and coin dealer from time to time.
Du Bose issued a store card for 25c in trade. Melvin & George Full, The Token Collectors' Page, The Numismatist, Vol. 66, No. 6, June
(1953) " 595. His store card is not listed in Russell Rulau, Standard Catalogue of United States Tokens 1700-1900.
From October 1894 until March 1908 he served as Postmaster in Huguenot, Elbert County, Georgia.
Du Bose advertised his collecting areas of interest which included archaeological and conchological specimens, stamps, coins, and antiquated paper. Member
List of the American Society of Curiosity Collectors published in their Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 15, 1905, page 17.
He served as president for the Society of Philatelic Americans.
In 1930, he ran a Curio Mail Order Business from his home 836 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
He died at his home 331 East Harvard Avenue, College Park, Georgia, on December 20, 1934. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.
To read the complete article, see:
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DU BOSE, JOEL HERBERT
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