Leroy V. Johnson photograph collection, circa 1900-1950  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Johnson, Leroy V
Leroy V. Johnson photograph collection
circa 1900-1950 (inclusive)
23 photographic prints, 3 postcards, 1 brochure (1 folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of Leroy V. Johnson, a Seattle theater manager, and his family; photographs relating to theater performers and a view of the Rainier Theater marquee
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

LeRoy Johnson was born in Minnesota in 1894 and was married to Alys A. Johnson. He was the general manager of Seattle theaters owned by Jensen & Von Herberg including the Bagdad Theater, the Liberty Theater, and the Venetian Theater. The theaters were part of a chain based in Portland, Oregon. Johnson was reportedly arrested, the warrant signed by George Bouckart, Chairman of the Seattle Board of Theatre Censors, for showing flapper films at one of the theaters he managed.

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The photographs depict theater buildings, advertisements, and equipment managed by LeRoy Johnson. The photographs also depict family and family friends of LeRoy Johnson as well as their picnics and an excursion to Granite Falls, Washington.

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TheaterReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1/1 1 circa 1930s
1/1 2
 Fold-up brochure, The Seattle Guide containing advertisements for Seattle entertainments
Leroy Johnson pictured on cover and contains brief article about Leroy Johnson in feature, "The Sauntering Seattleite."
August 17, 1946
1/1 3
 U.S. Army Fort Lewis postcard photograph of Richard L. Ballard, possibly a former theater performer
Morley Studios, Tacoma, Wash. (photographer)
Written on verso: Dear Mr. Johnson, Am busier than well. Getting along swell. Don't like the army but am stuck, we are leaving here Friday or Monday for Alabama, Will have more time to write when I get there. Here is a picture I had taken the other day. Yours forever. Dick.
1/1 4 undated
1/1 5 circa 1910s
1/1 6 undated
1/1 7a 1938
1/1 7b circa 1935
Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1/1 8a-c circa 1910s
1/1 9
 Infant posed on cushion outdoors
Written on verso: Read Anthony 5 mo.
1/1 10
 Older woman and infant
Written on verso: Grandmother and Jimmie at the ranch.
1/1 11 circa 1910s
1/1 12 circa 1910s
1/1 13 undated
1/1 14 circa 1910s
1/1 15 circa 1910s
1/1 16
Young woman seated on riverbank, probably in Eastern Washington
circa 1920s
1/1 17 circa 1920s
1/1 18 circa 1920s
1/1 19 circa 1920s
Picnic in Carbon Canyon with the Johnson, Sayre, and Estey families
Pearl and Elinore Sayre were the wife and daughter of Seattle theatre critic J. Willis Sayre.
May 28, 1922
Folder item
1/1 20
 Group seated on picnic blanket
Written on verso: May 28 - 22. At lunch on creek in Carbon Canyon between Buckley and South Prairie.
L-R: Mrs. Leroy Johnson, Mr. Estey holding daughter Martha Jean, Elinore Sayre and Pearl Sayre.
May 28, 1922
1/1 21
 Three women seated on picnic blanket
L-R: Elinore Sayre, Mrs. Leroy Johnson, and Pearl Sayre.
May 28, 1922
1/1 22 May 28, 1922
1/1 23a-b May 28, 1922
Excursion to Granite Falls, Washington
September 7, 1924
Folder item
1/1 24
 Two men and three women posed near the Falls
Man at left is probably J. Willis Sayre. Women pictured are probably Pearl Sayre, Mrs. Leroy Johnson, and Elinore Sayre.
September 7, 1924
1/1 25 September 7, 1924
Folder item
1/1 26a circa 1940s
1/1 26b circa 1940s

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  • Johnson, Leroy--Photographs
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  • Photographs

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  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)