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Beverly B. Dobbs

While B. B. DOBBS is well known in Northwestern Alaska, he is also known among the photographers of the United States as the man who received one of the gold medals given by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition as an award for his pictures of the Eskimo. Mr. Dobbs is a photographer who has been identified with Nome since the beginning of 1900. The excellent character of his work may be seen by the illustrations in this book, as most of the photographs from which these illustrations were made, are reproductions of Mr. Dobb's pictures.

He was born near Marshall, Missouri, in 1 868. He is a farmer's son. He moved with his parents to Nebraska in 1876, and learned photography in Lincoln. He went to Washington in 1888, and located in Bellingham, where he conducted a gallery for twelve years.

Attracted by the Nome gold fields, B. B. Dobbs. he went north in the great stampede of 1900, and has been every summer since then in Nome. He probably has the largest collection of Seward Peninsula views that ever have been made. His studies of the Eskimo show careful and painstaking work. The best evidence of the character of his work is the fact that he received one of the six gold medals awarded at the St. Louis Fair.

May 20, 1896, Mr. Dobbs and Miss Dorothy Sturgeon, of Bellingham, were married. Mr. Dobbs is an industrious photographer. In addition to being well informed on the technical and mechanical features of his profession, he has the perception of the artist, and is constantly on the alert for new features, striking scenes and attitudes, and endeavoring to reproduce the varied forms of expression which the artist's eye sees; and herein his work obtains its individuality.  

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by E. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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