BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Engravers and Printers of Vancouver

This is a preliminary list or collection of information on early engravers and printers of Vancouver. Although these companies typically did commercial job lot types of work, many of their employees were fine artists as well as production artists. Thus, it seemed to make sense to start compiling these logos and advertisements if only to provide a place for other information to be added.

Refer also to DIR (provincial and city directories) for additional information on names, dates, and addresses.


Angell Engraving Co.

  

The Angell Engraving Company was in business in Vancouver from at least 1918 to 1945, based on listings in the city and provincial directories.


Cleland & Walsh Printers
Cleland-Dibble Engraving Co. Ltd.
Cleland-Bell Engraving Co. Ltd.
Cleland-Kent Engraving Co. Ltd.

Norman Wentworth Cleland was born in Brantford, Ontario. He arrived in Vancouver in 1902. In 1905 the City Directory lists him as a "Printer - Evans & Hastings." His brother William is listed as an "Accountant." The 1908 City Directory lists Cleland and Walsh printers at 629 Pender Street, run by Norman Cleland and Harry Walsh. He was living at 238 Robson Street with his brother William, who was noted as the Proprietor of Berlin Dyeing & Cleaning Works at 1122 Richards. On July 22 1913 he married Margaret Davis in Victoria. He was living in Vancouver, and his employment was listed as "engraver." By 1913 he was in a partnership running Cleland-Dibble Engraving, and listed in the City Directory as the Manager of Cleland-Dibble at 500 Beattie Street. He was living at 784 Thurlowe Street, at the same address as his brother William. In 1919 the name was changed to Cleland-Bell, and in 1926 to Cleland-Kent, a new partnership with Harry Ernest Kent. Norman Cleland died in New Westminster in 1944 at the age of 66.

His brother William Nelson Cleland was born in Brantford in 1871, and came to BC c1898. The 1913 City Directory listed his employment as "Real Estate." In 1938 the City Directory listed William as "Salesman - Art Engraving." That business was at 532 West Pender St., H.E. White was Managing Director. He died in 1953, his death certificate noting that he was "Retired: 14 years" from Cleland-Kent as an engraver, after "35 years" spent in that occupation.


1913 advertisement

Philip Surrey worked at Cleland-Kent from 1929 to 1936, while he lived in Vancouver.


1913-14 advertisement

This is a scan of an advertisement in the 1913-1914 annual of the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.


1947 advertisement

Refer also to: https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2021/06/14/534-and-536-cambie-street/


J.M. Dent & Sons - Refer to J.M. Dent.


1926 publication


Chas. A. Evans Printing

This is a scan of a small advertisement in the January 1920 issue of School Days magazine, published by the Vancouver School Board.


Evans & Hastings Printers

This is a scan of an advertisement in the 1918-1919 school annual of the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.

A 1930 edition of Museum and Art Notes printed by Evans & Hastings.


J.W. Gehrke Co. Ltd.

This is a scan of an advertisement in the 1918-1919 annual of the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.


Granville Stationery Co. Ltd.

This is a scan of an advertisement in the 1918-1919 annual of the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.


Mitchell-Foly Ltd.

This is a scan of a small advertisement in the January 1929 issue of School Days magazine, published by the Vancouver School Board.


Pitchford-Kadlec Engraving Co.



These are scans of two small advertisements in the December 1919 and May 1920 issues of School Days magazine, published by the Vancouver School Board.


F.C. Smith Litho

Thomas Bailie was reported to have worked for this company in Vancouver.


Technical Press Ltd.

This is a scan of an advertisement in the 1919 annual report of the Vancouver School Board, printed by Technical Press.


Ward, Ellwood, and Pound, Ltd. Printers

Ward, Ellwood, and Pound, Ltd. was an early Vancouver printer, who letterpress printed the 1914-15 Annual of the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver.



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