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Company advertisement showing a woman dressed in a variety of furs.
DUBUQUE TANNING AND ROBE COMPANY. The company was organized in 1907 and was involved in the wholesale fur business. (1) In 1916 Frank M. RHOMBERG announced the new factory for Dubuque Tanning and Robe. Located at 10th and White, the factory indicated the expansion of the business from a territory near Dubuque to 1915 when business came from thirty-four states. (2)

Dubuque Tanning and Robe Company did its own tanning and manufacturing which, it was felt, gave it an advantage over companies doing only one operation. Rhomberg stated that many farmers were realizing what excellent coats and robes could be made from ordinary beef and horse hides at one-third the cost if purchased at a store. (3)

Although Dubuque would remain the principal office, branches were opened in Topeka, Kansas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The company's intention was to double its staff. (4)

The name of the company was changed in 1917 to the RHOMBERG FUR COMPANY.

The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory listed 36-38 S. Main.

The 1916-1917 White's Dubuque County Directory and 1918 Dubuque City Directory listed 10th and White.

The 1923 and 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed 1002 White.



1. "Experienced Men in Rhomberg Company," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, May 4, 1928, p. 11

2. "Local Firm Has Fine New Plant," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, October 29, 1916, p. 9

3. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

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