Albert Dressler was born in San Francisco September 29, 1887.
At various times he was a cartoonist, author, antique collector, historian, and reporter.
While in San Francisco in 1900-03, Dressler studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. By 1920 he was a cartoonist in Santa Barbara.
Dressler was a photo copyist... he made copies of early photos taken by other photographers and put his name on them and often added the arbitrary date of 1875 on the photo.
After 1922, he was a writer of historical books and a collector.
He was financed in his collecting by wealthy patrons such as Frederick Clift (1899-1992) and W. Parker Lyon (1865-1949) and made many donations of materials to public institutions.
Albert Dressler died January 13, 1960, in San Jose.
Albert was 1st married to Anna May Marquardt (birth: 22 Aug 1895 Dysart, Iowa; death: 23 Jan 1930 Napa, California). She was a teacher. They were married 23 April 1916 in Tama Co., Iowa, She died 23 January 1930 of tuberculosis. Her remains were cremated 27 January 1930 at the California Crematory in Oakland CA. Her ashes were given to Albert's mother, Lena Bahrenfuss Dressler.
Albert shows up as "widowed" in 1930 census. 1930 census says he was 28 years old at first marriage (abt. 1916)
He was listed as "married" in 1940 and Janet's name was listed with him on the 1940 census.
On his 1917 WWI draft registration card, he lists that he seeks to be excluded from the draft due to "partial paralysis". Then further states "partially paralyzed". He was 29 years old in 1917. It also lists him as "married". Interestingly, his father Ernst is listed as the registrar.
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