In the 1901 census John Ladds was a clicker living with his parents at 112 Wellingborough Road.
By 1910 he was established as a tailor.
In January 1912 John married Floss Berry at the Independent Wesleyan Church and he was a tailor and outfitter by trade. Floss' father George was a tailor at that time, but in 1901 he was a postman.
The paper bag (right) gives the address as 18 Church Street (corner of Alfred Street) and the advert declares him to be a costumier & milliner, ladies' and gentlemen's outfitter, and agent for Burberry and Aquatite raincoats. Both these properties had been Darnell's
He died when he was just 53 years old, in 1934 and is buried in Rushden Cemetery grave F823.