Ellis Album

Black Ellis Album #1, Page 15


This lovely photo absolutely delighted me when I first saw it! Many of the photos in this album are from my great-grandparent’s courtship years. Because of that, I have shared this quote several times:

“Then in 1914 I met Claude A. Ellis who had just returned from a mission to the Eastern States, and I thought he surpassed all the others with his refined manners and his blonde wavy hair.  We were real friendly with Hazel Berrett and William Gibson who returned with Claude from the same Mission.  We had all our dates together and went in a little rubber tired buggy with a black horse.”1

A rubber tired buggy with a black horse, huh?


Blanche Octavia Huband


I’m pretty sure this very cool photo is the rubber tired buggy with the black horse that Blanche mentioned in her autobiography. I love to find photos that help illustrate letters, journals, and histories. It allows for the reader to make a delightful connection between text and image!

This album page is clearly missing some photos. The back of the remaining photo has no additional information.


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  A digital version of this photo album can be viewed on Flickr here.



Happy Monday, I hope you are all well and happy!  xoxo



  1. “Autobiography of Blanche Octavia Huband Ellis,” undated [written after 22 November 1967], p. 7, files of Amberly Beck, Mapleton, Utah.

6 thoughts on “Black Ellis Album #1, Page 15”

    1. Isn’t it?! I was so delighted when I looked at the photo and realized what I was seeing. ❤️❤️❤️

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