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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 2014.004.0063 - Postcard

2014.004.0063 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 737" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of road with automobiles parked on both sides, car driving on roadway and people walking along both sides of road. Buildings visible in image are Ralph's Grocery Market, Moses Lake Inn Cafe, Pool Hall, and Richfield Gas. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Image appears to be West Broadway Avenue. Cancelled purple 1 cent George Washington stamp in proper upper right hand corner on reverse. Postmark is "MOSES LAKE / AUG 7 / 8 - AM / 1947 ; WASH." and is near stam

Image of 2014.004.0064 - Postcard

2014.004.0064 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Street Scene - Moses Lake - Wn." in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 737" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Postcard is of a street scene in Moses Lake, WA. Image of road with automobiles parked on both sides, car driving on roadway and people walking along both sides of road. Buildings visible in image are Ralph's Grocery Market, Moses Lake Inn Cafe, Pool Hall, and Richfield Gas. Automobiles include 1940s cars. Image appears to be West Broadway Avenue. 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, add

Image of 2014.004.0065 - Postcard

2014.004.0065 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Marketing Potatoes - Moses Lake - Wash" in white on bottom of image. "Ellis / 738" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of nine large flat bed trucks on proper right hand side of image loaded with full burlap sacks parked on side of unimproved road in single file line facing away from photographer. Trucks appear to be parked outside building with "WESTERN COLD STORAGE CO." sign near top of wall of building. Two 1940s style vehicles driving on road, one in each direction. 1940s style vehicle parked on side of road opposite of trucks, facing photographer. Field, trees, telephone poles, and houses in background.

Image of 2008.027.0001 - Postcard

2008.027.0001 - Postcard

Black and white RPPC Ellis photo postcard with white border. "Completed Dam" in white on bottom of image. "Pub By Ellis / 11910" in white in proper lower left hand corner. Image of illustration of a completed Grand Coulee Dam, WA with hills and vegetation in background. Reverse of card: " POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. Canceled United States of America Industry Agriculture For Defense one cent stamp in stamp box. "Dearce (illegible): I had thot I'd get / a good long letter off to / you - I think of you all / every day. Am here / for this PM. Am leaving / Spokane at 7 AM. tomorrow / for home - Hope this finds / You all well. Love / Aunt Jessie" in in

Image of 2008.027.0003 - Postcard

2008.027.0003 - Postcard

Black and white postcard of 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. "Perspective View - Columbia Basin Project" and "Pub by Ellis / 1942" in white lettering along top edge of postcard. Reverse of card: "POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS" printed on top half of postcard. "EKC / PLACE / STAMP / HERE" in stamp box. Reverse of postcard has no stamp, address, or correspondence.