Following release from his French military obligation during World War I, Tabuteau traveled to San Francisco to perform as principal oboist in the symphony orchestra of the Panama-Pacific Exposition. The latter ran from February 20 until December 4, 1915. During that time, Tabuteau lived in an apartment at 1600 California Street in San Francisco. The following photographs, sent as souvenirs to his niece Thérèse Létoffé, document his time there. In the first one, we find Tabuteau relaxing at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco.
Tabuteau became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra during its 1915-16 season. On March 12, 1916, Tabuteau reported in a letter to the orchestra’s conductor, Leopold Stokowski, that he had to play in the summer to supplement his income with the Philadelphia Orchestra since his salary was not sufficient. The venue was the Music Pavilion in Ocean City, New Jersey. Here he is in August of 1916 celebrating his catch from the sea in Ocean City.