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Mr. Habudashu: 1926

Mr. Habudashu: 1926

1926 or 1927. "Mr. Tabber Raleigh Habudashu," says the Library of Congress. What we see written on the negative is "Tabber of Raleigh, Haberdasher." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.


Love the collar

Mr. Tabber may be wearing a detachable collar, held in place by a button in the back of the shirt. Whatever it is, it looks stiff enough to use as a shovel.


You just can't find a decent habudashu around town anymore.

Perhaps -

This fellow might be named Tabber, and have been employed at the Raleigh Haberdashery in D.C.

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