Artray Collection: Background Info

VPL 81056
Dueck Chevrolet neon sign at night,

Daily Province Newspaper billboard, 1949. VPL 81056

The Artray Collection

In 1994, Art Jones donated a collection of approximately 11,000 photographs of Vancouver in the 1940s and 1950s from his company, Artray Ltd. Approximately 5,400 images from this collection of images are now digitized and available online. This collection comprises a treasure trove of images of Vancouver from the 1940s and 1950s 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.

Biography: Art Jones

Art Jones
1926-2006

Art Jone's photograph collection is a valued and much appreciated addition to the Vancouver Public Library's Historical Photograph Collections and provides a unique perspective on life in Vancouver during the 1940s and 1950s.

A native Vancouverite and 1946 Science graduate of the University of British Columbia, Art Jones' community background spanned over 60 years of media, marketing, advertising, broadcasting, public relations and management experience in Canada and abroad. He began his 'media career' as a performer in the late 30's on such pioneer stations as CBR, CKMO, CKCD and CJOR.

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. Ray then went on to become a Flash Magazine columnist, a parachute jumper (he was a pilot), and a hypnotist, amongst other things.

Art Jones was a photojournalist with a variety of international publications in the 1940s, and a film and television producer with Artray Ltd. Film Productions in the 50s. He became the first successful "Second Station" TV license applicant following his appearance before what was then the Board of Broadcast Governors, precursor of the CRTC. As a result in 1960, he became the founding President, Chairman and Managing Director of Vancouver's CHAN-TV - better known today as Canwest-Global's B.C.TV.

During that period, Jones was also Vice-President of the original "Theatre Under The Stars" organization in Stanley Park. Later, during the 1960s, he produced and directed films and TV motion pictures in B.C. and many world-wide locations.

Following his establishment and operation of West Vancouver's Panorama and Hollyburn Film Studios - the beginning of what today is B.C.'s "Hollywood North" - Jones spent a decade as an advertising agency partner and senior vice-president, handling marketing, communications, public and government relations for a diverse group of major clients.

The advent of Pay-TV in the 1980s led Jones to another broadcasting initiative which resulted in his group being awarded the first Canadian Pay-TV license in B.C. and the Yukon Territories - known to viewers as Superchannel.

Jones for many years produced and hosted the TV series, "Art Jones & Company", a weekly feature on SHAW TV, on which he "chatted" with business, entertainment, community and political leaders. He also served as a member of Shaw's Community Advisory Board. During more than 35 years of active involvement in British Columbia's Tourism and Hospitality industries, Art Jones developed and executed many national and international marketing programs for both the City and Province. For over 20 years he was a director and officer of The Greater Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau - " Tourism Vancouver" - and was elected its President in 1983. Shortly thereafter he became the Bureau's first full-time President and CEO, a position he held through EXPO 86.

Jones chaired Tourism Task Forces for several Municipal Economic Development Committees to formulate their marketing plans and strategies. In 1996, Tourism Vancouver bestowed upon him its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He maintained his active interest in the visitor and hospitality industry and participated as a member of The Council of Tourism Vancouver.

Jones served three terms as President of the Variety Club of British Columbia, which raised in excess of $100 million to assist B.C.'s children with special needs. During his tenure as President, he also acted as that group's full-time Executive Director on a volunteer basis. After retiring as Chairman of Variety's Board of Governors, he continued as a life member of its Board of Directors. In 1994, Jones was honoured with Variety's highest accolade, the "Heart Award", for his dedication and service to B.C.'s special children. He received further recognition as recipient of a Presidential Citation from the worldwide Variety Clubs International, and in 2001 also received the Club's "Pioneer Award".

Always active in civic and community affairs, in 1998 Art Jones was appointed a Commissioner of the Vancouver Civic Theatres by Vancouver City Council. That board, which he also chaired, oversees the operations of the Orpheum, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse. He was also President of The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, an organization that honours British Columbians who have excelled in their chosen fields of theatre and the performing arts here, across Canada and throughout the world.

In other community activity, Jones was Chair and a Director of St. Vincent's Hospital Foundation, which provides funding for that hospital's four sites in Greater Vancouver. In 2002 he was honoured to receive the Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee for "Distinguished service to his community and Canada." He and his T.V. show received the West Coast Railway Association's "Media Award of the Year" in 2003.

Jones' business interests continued through his public relations and marketing consulting practice, Art Jones & Associates. He was a life member of The Vancouver Club. He also chaired the Board of Directors of his Strata Corporation.

Pioneer West Vancouver residents, Art Jones and his wife Mary celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in 2005. Art passed away on April 7, 2006. He was 80 years old.

Viewing and Searching the Collection

View the Artray Collection

Search this collection through the Historical Photographs Database of the Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections Department.

Ordering Digital Reproductions

All photographs in the database are available for purchase, and digital reproductions can be ordered from the Special Collections Department at the Vancouver Public Library. Visit Historical Photograph Collections for more information and to access the online order form.

Credits

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous financial support.

We greatly appreciate Art Jones' collaboration on this project.

Library Team

  • Kate Russell - Supervising Librarian, Special Collections Department
  • Wendy Godley - Librarian, Special Collections Department
  • Michele Greig - Library Technician II, Newspapers & Magazines Department
  • Kim McCarthy - Library Technician II, Special Collections Department
  • Marcia Thomas - Library Technician II, Newspapers & Magazines Department
  • Shirley Sexsmith - Library Assistant III, retired
  • Jon Whipple - Graphics Technician - Web, Virtual Library

Technical Information

Photodigitization

The Artray Photograph Collection was the fourth major historical photograph collection to be included in the Vancouver Public Library's Historical Photographs Collection Database. The digitization of Vancouver Public Library's Special Collections historical photographs collection began in June 2000 with the Leonard Frank Collection, followed by the Madeline Gunterman Collection, and the Philip Timms Collection. InMagic DB/Textworks and Web Publisher software was used to facilitate searching and displaying the scanned photographic records on the World Wide Web.

Creation of this rich, new, digital collection will serve to:

  • protect the collection because it will be available electronically thereby reducing the handling of original images;
  • represent the collection by raising researchers' awareness of the historical photograph collection and by heightening awareness of the significance and value of the collection to the wider community

Scanning Hardware

  • Seanix P3 600, 512MB RAM, 13 GB HD, CD-RW, Windows '98
  • ViewSonic G810 22 inch CRT
  • Microtek ScanMaker III
  • Wacom Graphics Tablet

Scanning Software

  • Scanwizard Image Acquisition Software
  • Adobe Photoshop 5.5
  • Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4

Text Database and Web

  • InMagic DB\Textworks 6.01, Web Publisher 4.03
  • HomeSite 4.5
  • Mozilla 1.4
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5

The Archiving and Scanning Process

Before image scanning and data entry into the electronic database could begin, a system was created to inventory all manifestations of each image in the Artray Collection. A logbook was created (listing negatives and prints: copy and source) from which the data was interpreted and then entered into the InMagic database. This data was merged with all additional information from the Special Collections Department photograph accession records, thereby enhancing the descriptive information for every image.

After the text was entered, the source images were removed from the Special Collections historical photographs vault and were checked against the accompanying text. Once this step was completed, scanning of the photographs commenced, with each image scanned in greyscale to a minimum of 600dpi. The scans were saved as TIFFs and burned to CD-ROM for archival storage. The TIFFs were then used as the source for the creation of JPEGs in two sizes at 72dpi suitable for displaying on the website.

Learn more about the Historical Photograph Collection