DU BOSE, JOEL H.

Copyright 2011-2019 John N. Lupia, III

Joel Herbert Du Bose (1860-1934), was born on May 29, 1860, at Elberton,  Elbert County, Georgia, 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 direct 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, 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 Fuld, 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.

Joel H. Du Bose correspondence with Edgar Weston, London, England, postmarked Huguenot, Georgia, March 2, 1898, on postal stationery. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic library.

Du Bose advertisement to exchange old rare books for gold dollars and early silver coins, published in The Numismatist, Vol. 13,  No. 5, May (1900) : 165

Advertisement exchanging various collectibles including foreign postal cards, U. S. Envelopes, Indian arrow points, mixed tobacco tin tags for good stamps, published in the Philatelic Chronicle, Vol. 4, No. 1, May (1901) : 

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. 

He is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia.

Bibliography :


The Numismatist, May (1900) : 175
Philatelic West, January (1903) listed as a recruiting member of the American Society of Curio Collectors.
Hobbies, January (1935) : 38 obit
Melvin & George Full, The Token Collectors' Page, The Numismatist, Vol. 66, No. 6, June (1953) " 595
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