Jack Ray: Selling Glamour and Illusion North American Carnival Museum and Archives, Stittsville , Ontario
Jack Ray was a long time senior staff at Conklin & Garrett. He was a bellhop when he was hired as the show's sign painter in 1937. By the early 1940s he was designing shows and fronts for the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and the "Fair for Britain". His colourful, modern, art deco show fronts, structures and buildings would adorn CNE and Conklin shows until the end of the 1950s.
Jack Ray: Selling Glamour and Illusion, NACMA installed an online exhibit on the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) Community Memories website: Virtual Museum of Canada, in March 2011. The link to this wonderful exhibit is here.
NACMA’s website has yet to be expanded beyond an information kiosk, but their Facebook page is quite active with everything carnival. Please visit, and if you’re on Facebook, become one of their friends.
More info at VirtualMuseum.ca