I found this one in a box that I have not opened in years. I can't find anything online that shows any of his covers in the 1960's so I was wondering when Animated Covers produced it's very first cover.
Hello I believe his first was late 1960's so that would make this one of his earlier. I found your post searching for Ellis Animated FDCs because I am starting to collect his covers. Did you find other Ellis covers in that box you hadn't opened?
I believe the Frajola site is correct, the American Legion issue was the first commercial Ellis Animated Cover. From some reading I have done I know there were a few others around the same time, like the Erie Canal shown in this thread. Ellis Animated covers is a new collecting area for me so I am still looking for information and also covers from Ellis Animated around this time period.