Nebraska Authors

Julia Brown Tobias

Born 1902 NE (USA)

Died 2001

Former Omaha dressmaker and later Denver, Colorado high fashion couturier Tobias published her memoir of growing up in rural Nebraska Thunder & Mud: A Pioneer Childhood on the Prairie when she was in her 90s.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Denver, CO

Author Of

  • Biography


Memoirs; Pioneer Nebraska


Fashion designer
Taught costume design

Places Worked

Owned own boutique in Colorado: 1954-1972
Arapahoe Community College


Colorado State University Historical Museum preserves a collection of her clothing.
1983 Denver Colorado Brown Palace Hotel retrospective show of her career as a designer, which began in Denver in 1941.


Thunder & Mud: A Pioneer Childhood on the Prairie. 1996. In HR
In anthology Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West. 1997. (Contributor) In HR

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