Ajax Builders photograph collection, circa 1950s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Ajax Builders
Ajax Builders photograph collection
circa 1950s (inclusive)
27 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 8"x10" and 4"x5"
Collection Number
Photographs of portable buildings made by the Ajax Builders company of Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

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.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Ajax Builders was a small building company with one office located at 7417 Roosevelt Way Seattle, Washington. The founder and president of Ajax Builders was Elmer L. Nelson. In the 1950s, the primary staff included President Elmer L. Nelson, Vice President Edward R. Carter, and Secretary-treasurer Mary L. Nelson. Ajax Builders sold mobile structures including garages, barns, retail shops, houses, and house additions. Their buildings were shown in open lots and when purchased, would be moved on trucks to the buyer's location.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of portable structures made by Ajax Builders.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


ResidentialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 circa 1950s
1/1 2
 Addition to white house with porch and sapling
Typed on accompanying material: 20' x 24 house and 10' x 12' addition blvd. sd., incl. porch, sash and doors. $1790.00.
circa 1950s
1/1 3
 Sunlit house with electrical wire
William Ransdell Photography, Seattle (photographer)
circa 1950s
1/1 4
 House with gas tanks on side
William Ransdell Photography, Seattle (photographer)
circa 1950s
1/1 5
 Sunlit house with lawn
William Ransdell Photography, Seattle (photographer)
circa 1950s
1/1 6 circa 1950s
1/1 7 circa 1950s
1/1 8 circa 1950s
1/1 9 February, 1958

Commercial buildingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 10 circa 1950s
½ 11
 Portable commercial building for sale
Handwritten on verso: 18 x 20 $1000.00 Bill Cochron Rainier Ave.Writing on verso probably refers to Bill Corcoran of Barton & Corcoran Used Cars. The car dealership bought this style of portable building for their office formerly located on Rainier Avenue in Seattle, Washington.
circa 1950s
½ 12
 Brownies Barber Shop in Seattle, Washington
Brownies Barber Shop was located at 7007 California Avenue SW in West Seattle, Washington.
circa 1950s
½ 13 circa 1950s
½ 14 circa 1950s
½ 15 circa 1950s

Garages and BarnsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 16 circa 1950s
1/3 17 circa 1950s
1/3 18 1957
1/3 19
 Garage with shake siding and white door
Typed on accompanying material: 18' x 20' garage shake siding o d , $745.00
circa 1950s
1/3 20 circa 1950s
1/3 21 circa 1950s
1/3 22 circa 1950s
1/3 23 circa 1950s
1/3 24 circa 1950s
1/3 25 circa 1950s
1/3 26 circa 1950s
1/3 27 circa 1950s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)