Baker Charles Stone and his wife, Vesta, at their Maine Street Tomales Bakery. The 1870s-era building is extant, and is now a private home. Circa 1905 photo by Ella Jorgensen.
Thomas Ables Digging with Chicken
A morning view of Tomales pioneer Thomas Ables digging in his front garden while a chicken waits for worms, circa 1906. The photographer’s shadow is in the corner of image. Photo by Ella Jorgensen.
Bench Portrait: Evelyn Fairbanks with Chicken
Evelyn Fairbanks, the photographer’s niece is a familiar subject of her Bench Portraits. Here Evelyn holds a chicken. Circa 1915 photo by Ella Jorgensen.
Bank of Tomales
This small Beaux Arts bank was the third Bank of Tomales at this spot. The first Bank of Tomales was built here in 1875 and burned later. The second was built of brick, only to collapse in the 1906 earthquake. This building was lost in a large commercial district fire here in 1920 and immediately rebuilt. This fourth bank — eventually the Bank of America, and finally the Novato National Bank, is now a private home. Photo by Ella Jorgensen, circa 1907.
Meeting the Train at Tomales
A small crowd meets the train, with cars and a bicycle, at the Tomales Depot west of Carrie Street. Circa 1920s photo by Ella Jorgensen.
Bench Portrait: Self Portrait of Ella
The photographer was apparently dressed for an important occasion and posed in front of her signature garden bench for this portrait, while someone else actually tripped the shutter. Circa mid-1920s.
Dillon’s Beach Streetscape with People
A Dillon’s Beach streetscape of Park Avenue, view toward North Street, with some of the village’s original small cabins already showing minor alteration and enlargement. Circa 1920s image by Ella Jorgensen.
Corner Dillon’s Beach Road with Church and Carrie Streets
A view north across Dillon’s Beach Road in Tomales, at the intersection with Church and Carrie Streets. The rows of daffodils in foreground indicate the image was shot in March. Circa 1930s photo by Ella Jorgensen.