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Name Ellis, J. Boyd
Born 07/25/1894
Birthplace Perry, Iowa
Places of residence Perry, IA
Olympia, WA
Arlington, WA
Marysville, WA
Edmonds, WA
Titles & honors Chairman of the North Snohomish County Ration Board during World War II
Past president and charter member of Arlington Kiwanis Club
Arlington City Council and Mayor of Arlington, WA
Education Western Washington University
University of Washington
Notes Photographer from Arlington, WA. Beginning in the 1920s this high-school-principal-turned-postcard-photographer traveled the state (often through Snoqualmie Pass) taking thousands of pictures of landmarks, scenery and main streets.

From The Arlington Times: J. Boyd Ellis passed away May 1, 1983, at Cascade Valley Hospital. He was born July 25, 1894 in Perry, Iowa and moved with his parents as a young boy to Olympia. He went to what is now Western Washington University and the University of Washington. On finishing at the UW, he became the principal of Marysville High School. His interests turned to photography and he purchased a photo studio in Arlington in 1921. He soon started publishing scenic post cards for distribution throughout the state of Washington, a firm which is now called Ellis Post Card Co. He married Hazel Duxbury, Feb. 16, 1918, she passed away March 24, 1955. He later married Ellaine R. Webb on Sept. 4, 1956. She passed away May 2, 1980. He is survived by a daughter, Amy Joyce Porter of Seattle; a son, Clifford B. Ellis of Arlington; several grand children and great-grandchildren. He was very active in volunteer community affairs, being chairman of the North Snohomish County Ration Board during World War II, is a past president and charter member of Arlington Kiwanis Club, served on the Arlington City Council for several years which ended with a term as Mayor of Arlington. He retired from business in 1959 and enjoyed traveling until he and Ellaine moved to Madison House in Edmonds. He returned to Arlington a year ago.

From Vintage Pacific Northwest: J.Boyd Ellis, former principal of Marysville High School, turned his interest toward photography in 1921, buying a photography studio in Arlington. He (and later his son, Clifford) crisscrossed Washington State for decades, snapping some incredibly beautiful photos of mountains, forests, cities, rivers and beaches and selling them as postcards. Mr. Ellis passed away in 1983 at the age of 89, leaving a legacy of thousands of historic photos of the state in postcard form, including some of the best pre-eruption photos of Mount St. Helens.
Occupation School teacher and high school principal in Marysville, WA.
Owned photo studio in Arlington in 1921.
Postcard photographer, began in 1926.
Retired in 1959.
Role Photographer
Spouse Hazel Duxbury on 02/16/1918
Ellaine R. Webb on 09/04/1956
Children Clifford B. Ellis
Amy Joyce Ellis Porter
Deceased 05/01/1983

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Image of 2005.011.0001 - Postcard

2005.011.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4513" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with crosswalks and 1950s style automobiles parked on both sides. Buildings on both sides of street with telephone poles, street lamps, sidewalks and trees in background. Automobiles driving in both directions on street. Person walking away from viewer on sidewalk on proper right hand side of street. Buildings identifiable in image are Rexall Drugs, Hills Jewelry, cafe, grill, Gambles Western Auto, Chase Shoe Store, and a grocery. Image ap

Image of 2005.013.0001 - Postcard

2005.013.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4514" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with crosswalks and 1950s style automobiles parked on both sides. Buildings on both sides of street with street lamps, parking meters, fire hydrant, street signs, sidewalks and trees, antennas, and telephone poles in background. Parking lot with parked automobiles on proper left hand side of street. Automobiles parked and driving in both directions on street. People walking on sidewalks on both sides of street and man getting out o

Image of 2005.015.0001 - Postcard

2005.015.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 8242" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of aerial view of Moses Lake, WA with houses, buildings, farm land, bodies of water, bridge, streets, and roads visible. Victory Village, Alder fill and cross streets are visible in image. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Kodak / PLACE / STAMP / HERE / Paper" printed in box in proper upper right hand corner.

Image of 2006.009.0001 - Postcard

2006.009.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 8239" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of aerial view of Moses Lake, WA with houses, buildings, farm land, bodies of water, undeveloped land, bridges, and roadways visible. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" printed in box in proper upper right hand corner.

Image of 2006.005.0001 - Postcard

2006.005.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Aerial View - Moses Lake - Wn" in white on bottom of image. "Pub by Ellis / 4519" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of aerial view of Moses Lake, WA with houses, buildings, farm land, bodies of water, bridges, streets, and roads visible. Alder fill and cross streets are visible in image. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Kodak / PLACE / STAMP / HERE / Paper" printed in box in proper upper right hand corner.

Image of 2006.010.0001 - Postcard

2006.010.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 8243" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of aerial view of Moses Lake, WA with houses, buildings, farm land, body of water, undeveloped land, possible railroad tracks, and roadways visible. Image may include Neppel Railroad depot. Cross streets are visible in image. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD " printed on top half of postcard. Three cancelled green 1 cent King George VI Canadian stamps in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Three postmarks on stamps and one postmark and cancellation stamp on proper left hand side of card printed ove

Image of 2006.013.0001 - Postcard

2006.013.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4503" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with crosswalks and 1950s style automobiles parked on both sides. Buildings on both sides of street with street lamps, parking meters, and sidewalks visible. Traffic light visible near top of image. Automobiles parked and driving in both directions on street. Woman walking on sidewalk on proper left hand side of street. Buildings identifiable in image are Baumgarten & Rowrk Furniture, a drug store, a hardware store, Rexall Drugs, Irgens

Image of 2007.003.0001 - Postcard

2007.003.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4512" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and telephone poles and trees in background. Street lamps and traffic light are visible. Buildings in image are Chevron Gas Station, a tavern, a garage, and others that cannot be identified. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Image appears to be Broadway Ave. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp

Image of 2007.020.0001 - Postcard

2007.020.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Dry Falls of the Columbia. One of the Wonders of the World. The Grand Coulee of Washington" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 491" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City, WA. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2007.017.0001 - Postcard

2007.017.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Highway Across Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 722" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a Highway 10 in Moses Lake, WA. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence. "1.00 / CHS" written in pencil above stamp box.

Image of 2007.017.0002 - Postcard

2007.017.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake, Wn. - In the Heart of the Columbia Basin" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4502" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shoreline on Moses Lake, WA. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence. "1.00 / CHS" written in pencil above stamp box.

Image of 2007.017.0003 - Postcard

2007.017.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 734" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shoreline on Moses Lake, WA. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence. "1.00 / CHS" written in pencil above stamp box.

Image of 2007.019.0002 - Postcard

2007.019.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 723" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with automobiles parked and buildings, gas pump, telephone poles and trees in background. Buildings in image are Wetzels/Grocery/Meats, Pool Hall, Wilmots Lunch, and Williams Modern Cafe. Automobiles include 1940s cars with men in hats standing around them. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of

Image of 2007.019.0001 - Postcard

2007.019.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wa." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 733" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of dirt/gravel road with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and telephone poles in background. Buildings in image are Moses Lake Hardware, Moses Lake Garage, Rainbow Gas, Rexall Drugs, O.K. Cafe, Texaco, and Washington Gasoline. Automobiles include 1940s cars and an Army jeep. Image appears to be Broadway Avenue. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Revers

Image of 2008.001.0001 - Postcard

2008.001.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Soap Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 5150" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Soap Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides and buildings and street lamps in background. Buildings in image are Thorson's/Apts./ Hotel/Soap Lake Products, New Beach Hotel, Del Red Tavern, Public Market, Rexall Drug, Cafe, and others that cannot be identified. Automobiles include 1950s cars. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. Canceled Thomas Jefferson 2 cent stamp in stamp box. "Dear Mom & Dad / I hope you're h

Image of 2008.002.0001 - Postcard

2008.002.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 1" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 346" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of pier, buildings, trees in background and telephone poles and beach in foreground. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.002.0002 - Postcard

2008.002.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 2" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 347" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of buildings and trees in background. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.002.0003 - Postcard

2008.002.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Soap Lake Panoram No. 4" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 349" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a shore line in Soap Lake, WA. Image of buildings and telephone poles in foreground. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.004.0001 - Postcard

2008.004.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Steamboat Rock - Grand Coulee of Washington" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 492" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a Steamboat Rock, WA. Image of paved road in foreground with wooden buildings, fences, and windmill in background in front of Steamboat Rock. Reverse of card: "THE GRAND COULEE OF WASHINGTON / Here, in addition to its awe inspiring beauty and grandeur, we may read a romance of antiquity written in it's canyon walls-- a story unveiled by the erosion of the mighty Columbia River which at one time thundered through this great chasm." in proper upper left hand corner on correspondence side. "J.

Image of 2008.005.0001 - Postcard

2008.005.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Speciman - Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 538" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of Caucasian male sitting on tree log holding specimen of fossilized wood. Hill and stone building in background. Reverse of card: "POSTCARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.