Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Judkins, David Roby

Male 1836 - 1909  (73 years)


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  • Name Judkins, David Roby 
    • VARIANT NAME: Judkins' Floating Sunbeam Gallery.
    Born 17 Jan 1836  Chesterville, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) Jun 1882  BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    visited New Westminster and Fraser River 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1899  Skagway, AK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) by 1880-1903  Puget Sound, WA; Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1903-1906  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Dec 1909  Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Santa Maria Cemetery District, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Association Pullman Photographic Gallery (Relationship: Owner) 
    Person ID I444  Camera Workers | J, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2017 

  • Documents
    D.R. Judkins cartouche on verso of cabinet card, 1882.
    D.R. Judkins cartouche on verso of cabinet card, 1882.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP007643.
    D.R. Judkins' ad, <i>British Columbian</i> (New Westminster), 1882 06 07.
    D.R. Judkins' ad, British Columbian (New Westminster), 1882 06 07.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial (visit).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He operated between about 1880-1884 out of Seattle and through Puget Sound on a barge which was towed from location to location. He called his gallery Judkins' Floating Sunbeam Gallery. Judkins photographed in New Westminster and up the Fraser River in Jun 1882. One of his cabinet portraits has a Seattle address with the imprint "Judkins." He was running the Pullman Photographic Gallery in Skagway, Alaska, in 1899. He relocated to Santa Maria, CA, after working as a photographer in San Francisco from 1903 to 1906. His glass negatives, including those of his Yukon days, were lost in a 1908 fire.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Judkins Floating Sunbeam Gallery, Puget Sound and British Columbia" on verso of print mount. "Cor. 2nd & Columbia Streets Judkins Seattle, W.T." on front of print mount. "D. R. Judkins, Photo. Stereographs of British Columbia" on front of stereograph (orange) mount.
    • REFERENCES: WIL99; Columbian, 1882 06 07/2, 1882 08 19/3, 1882 08 30/3, 1882 09 06, 1882 10 07/3, 1882 07 22/3; Mainland Guardian, 1882 08 19/3, 1882 09 09/3; (Victoria) Standard, 1882 09 16/3; Resources of British Columbia (1883); Smith (1987); Letter, Mrs. Miles W. (Polly) Weaver to Mattison, 1986 12 28.

  • Sources 
    1. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site) (Reliability: 3).
      URL (accessed 9 Jan 2017): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70827088