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Vancouver History: Photographer Art Jones

November 7th, 2012 @ 2:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

After publishing almost 100 posts with collections of photos from the Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Public Library, I have taken note of some important and prolific photographers from Vancouver’s earlier days. One name that comes up often is Artray Studio“>Artray Studios or Artray Limited. Today’s collection of photos from the Vancouver Library Archives features the work of Art Jones.


1948 – Art Jones & staff in gag photo. VPL Number: 80437.

Art Jones, together with fellow photojournalist Ray Munro, left the Vancouver Sun to incorporate artray limited early in 1948 and to produce all of the photographs that are now available through this website. Art and Ray were only in business for a very short time; Art bought Ray Munro out later that year. [Vancouver Public Library]


1948 – Overturned streetcar at 4th & Alma. VPL Number: 84841.


1940s – Vancouver Capilanos Baseball. VPL Number: 84038 & 84287.


1945 – CKMO Radio. VPL Number: 80452.


(Left) 1948 – Orpheum billboard on the sidewalk. VPL Number: 80502.
(Right) 1948 – Candy display at the Stanley theatre. VPL Number: 83121.


1948 – Orpheum Theatre & symphony. VPL Number: 83114.

Early in 1994, a collection of approximately 11,000 photographs from Artray Limited Photographers was donated to Vancouver Public Library. This collection comprises a treasure trove of images of Vancouver from the 1940s and 50s depicting: street scenes; vehicles; traffic accidents; local and visiting celebrities; theatres; parades; local architecture and industry; sports; people at work and play, as well as aerial views of the city. [Vancouver Public Library]


(Left) 1948 – Hockey fight. VPL Number: 84084.
(Right) 1948 – PCHL Canucks win Henderson Cup. VPL Number: 84099.


1948 – Red Cross flood relief operations. VPL Number: 83568.


1948 – Fraser Valley Flood. VPL Number: 83564.


(Left) 1948 – Looking north on Burrard from Dunsmuir. VPL Number: 80556. (Right) 1948 – West Broadway at Maple. VPL Number: 80522.

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One comment

  1. Ken Fisher says:

    Greetings – Very interesting for sure . As a pro photographer in Surrey from 1968 to 1998 I covered the local beat for the Surrey Leader and the Herald. I was looking for any articles about Art Jones a prolific silk screen artist and photographic background painter who lived in New Westminster on 3rd Avenue until his passing in the late 1980′s.

    Maybe I will contact the local Surrey Library to see if they are seeking photos from that era. Thanks for giving me the incentive to look into that option for all my old photos from many assignments and studio portraits of the famous and the infamous! KJF

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