Holmes, James Dearden

James Dearden HOLMES (1873-1937) was a British photographer and Quaker, born into a family of grocers in Leeds, England in March 1873. After his father died and his brother took over the grocery business, Dearden Holmes seems to have moved to London. From c.1924 to 1927, he undertook a world photographic tour, visiting country after country, photographing with a stereoscopic camera. He was in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year on 13 February 1926 and arrived in Shanghai on the ss Khiva on 24 February 1926. Dearden Holmes' stereoscopic photographs were published by Sunbeam Tours, and also issued free with packets of cigarettes, for example the Army Club Cigarettes series ‘Peeps Into Many Lands’. A pair of the cards could be viewed with a Camerscope, which gave depth to the flat photographs so that they appeared to be three dimensional. James Dearden Holmes died in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England, on 24 June 1937.