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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

Associated Records

Image of 2008.006.0001 - Postcard

2008.006.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Lake Lenore - In The Grand Coulee of Washington" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 520" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of Lake Lenore, WA. Image of paved road in foreground with Lake Lenore and cliffs 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 2008.019.0002 - Postcard

2008.019.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Gingko Petrified Forest State Park - Vantage- Wn" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 504" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of paved road in foreground with automobiles parked in middle ground and stone buildings, flag pole and scrub landscape in background. "Display Room / Petrified Forest" sign visible near roadway and Park sign near trail. People on walking trail. Automobiles include 1940/1950s 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 2008.023.0002 - Postcard

2008.023.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grand Coulee Dam, Wash." on bottom border of image. "Ellis / 1917" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features Grand Coulee Dam, WA. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.020.0001 - Postcard

2008.020.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "U&I Sugar Refinery Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4501" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of field in foreground with buildings and parking lot with parked automobiles in background. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Kodak / PLACE / STAMP / Paper" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.024.0001 - Postcard

2008.024.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Original stie of Grand Coulee Dam in 1937 when wearly excavation were getting under way. Published by J. Boyd Ellis, Arlington, Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1905" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of Columbia River and hillsides with early dam work visible and "Top of Completed Dam" with sketch drawn where dam would be placed. Reverse of card: "PHOTO POST CARD / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "Kodak / PLACE / STAMP / HERE / Paper" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp but is cancelled, "MANHATTEN / JUN / 1 / 1960 / MONT." "V 6-24-60 Card 29, 10th day / Glacier/ The towns ar

Image of 2008.025.0001 - Postcard

2008.025.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border, "Grand Coulee Dam" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1918" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features image of Grand Coulee Dam. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0003 - Postcard

2008.023.0003 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grand Coulee Dam, Wash." on bottom border of image. "Ellis / 193" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features garden/park area with rock wall in front of Grand Coulee Dam, WA. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0004 - Postcard

2008.023.0004 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grand Coulee Highway, Wash." on bottom border of image. "Ellis / 489" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features roadway with shrub-steppe and basalt visible alongside road. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0005 - Postcard

2008.023.0005 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Inspection Tunnel Grand Coulee Dam, Wash." on bottom border of image. "Pub By Ellis / 1904" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features lit tunnel. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0007 - Postcard

2008.023.0007 - Postcard

Black and white postcard "Perspective View Grand Coulee Dam and Vicinity" on bottom of image. "Pub By Ellis / 1942" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features map of Columbia Basin Project in Washington. Map shows portion of Washington state with the Columbia Basin Project highlighted. The image of Washington is shown with north at the bottom of card looking south. Town names, bodies of water, Yakima Irrigation Project, and Grand Coulee Dam are named. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0010 - Postcard

2008.023.0010 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Night View Grand Coulee Dam" on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1930" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features evening aerial view of a lit Grand Coulee Dam with houses and streets visible. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0011 - Postcard

2008.023.0011 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Dry Falls of the Columbia" on bottom of image. "Ellis / 491" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features aerial view of Dry Falls geological feature. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0012 - Postcard

2008.023.0012 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "East Power House Construction" on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1915 / East" in white in proper lower right hand corner. Postcard features two men in work clothes and hard hats standing on scaffolding and working with reinforcing bar structure; Grand Coulee Dam in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0013 - Postcard

2008.023.0013 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Administration Building Grand Coulee Dam" on bottom of image. "Ellis / xxx (illegible)" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features street view of large building with manicured landscapes; hills in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0015 - Postcard

2008.023.0015 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grade School Grand Coulee Dam, Wash." on bottom of image. "Ellis / 19x (illegible)" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features street view of large building with manicured landscapes; hills in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0017 - Postcard

2008.023.0017 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Grand Coulee Dam from Upper Side" on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1908 (illegible)" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features water with Grand Coulee Dam and hills in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0018 - Postcard

2008.023.0018 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Night View of Coulee Dam Lake" on bottom of image. "Ellis / 1912" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features nighttime scene of water with boat/barge in foreground and hills in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2008.023.0019 - Postcard

2008.023.0019 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Devils Punch Bowl" on bottom of image. "Pub By / Ellis / 382" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features waterfall with rocky cliffs in background. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / MESSAGE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.

Image of 2009.008.0001 - Postcard

2009.008.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis postcard with white border. "Moses Lake - Wash." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 721" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard features body of water, Moses Lake. Shores, plant material, and rocks visible. Possible buildings along shoreline 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 2015.016.0002 - Postcard

2015.016.0002 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn," in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 4515" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of paved street with automobiles parked on both sides, and buildings and street lights, telephone poles, and trees in background. Street has two crosswalks with three probable Caucasian women crossing street and three cones. One storefront has a probable Caucasian woman and child walking by. Buildings in image are Diamond, a hardware store, a furniture store, Brownies Shoe Stores, a jewelry store, Chinese American Restaurant, a Lodge, and Casey Music Stor