Dox Thrash -
& Inventor of the Carborundum Print Process
- 1893 - Born on March 22, 1893 near Griffin, GA to
Gus and Ophelia Thrash.
- 1903 - Thrash leaves school after completing fourth
- 1908 - Dox left Georgia at age 15 to go "hoboing"
and traveled from Georgia up to Chicago.
- 1911 - Thrash arrives in Chicago.
- 1914 - Thrash enrolls at the Art Institute of Chicago
where he studied art from 1914 to 1923 except for 11/2 years spent fighting
- 1917 - He served in the US Army from 1917-1918 in
France. Thrash was gassed and wounded in a battle on the last day of the
war, November 11, 1918.
- 1919 - Thrash returns to the US and tours the "Plantation
Circuit" with his vaudeville act before resuming his studies at the
Art Institute of Chicago.
- 1923 - He finishes his studies at the AIC.
- 1924 - Thrash begins another cross-country trip but
stays in Philadelphia (1925).
- Late 1920s - He is befriended by Samuel Reading, who
runs a printing business in West Philadelphia, and learns the art of printmaking.
- 1937 - Thrash joins the Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop,
a division of the Federal Art Project. He receives a WPA commission for
a nursery rhyme mural in the children's ward of Mercy Hospital (now destroyed),
- 1940 - He is named the"inventor of the carborundum
print process" in various news article.
- 1945 - With his reputation as an artist was at its
peak, Thrash is employed as a house painter with the Philadelphia Housing
- 1951 - He travels through Europe.
- 1958 - Thrash is featured in the "Federal Art
Project Twenty Years After" exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of
- 1958 - He retires from the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
- 1965 - Dox Thrash dies on April 19, 1965 from a heart
attack after judging a children's poster contest. He is buried in the US
National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.
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