Military needs took precedence during the Second World War, and this manufacturer of sinks, toilets, and bathroom fittings informed customers that they might not have their orders filled because of wartime demands.
William Hart was stationed in Winnipeg with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1944; when one flight took him to Saskatchewan, he was required to secure a provincial permit book for a single purchase of alcohol.
The sale of liquor had been subject to controls long before the Second World War - the need for servicemen and women to carry a purchase permit merely added another layer of complexity.
Helen Smith and John Forester had won the British Columbia riding of Vancouver-Burrard for the Liberals in 1937 but in the 1941 provincial election, not even patriotic rhetoric could help them. The pair finished third, behind candidates from the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Conservatives.
Like every other commodity, milk was sold at prices that were carefully controlled by federal and provincial authorities.
This pamphlet emphasises price-consciousness through an overview of Canada's price control policy and its effectiveness on combating inflation.
J.L. Ilsley, Minister of Finance for Canada, was responsible for the nation's economic budget for the duration of the Second World War. These speech extracts outline Canada's pay-as-you-go policy to finance the war and its impact on wartime debts, taxes, and business.
This advertisement used a modern version of the old nursery rhyme to show that 80% of Canadian pork production went overseas, to feed British civilians and Allied troops in Europe.
This pamphlet, written by the Economic Adviser to the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, offers thoughts on Canada's post-war price stabilization program in terms of inflation, wage control, supply of essentials, and cost of living.
Printing companies that had used templates to make "local" postcards for tourists found they could use the same templates during the First World War, substituting a unit name in place of the city.
There was a strong demand for soldiers' writings during the First World War. This collection of letters by "A whole-hearted, manly boy" to his family in Fort William, Ontario, was one of the more popular such books.
This manufacturer of tires, tubes, belts, hoses, and boots had published a similar advertising book during the First World War, and used the same format in this updated version.
The operator of this commercial vehicle was allowed 200 units of fuel each year. Each coupon bore the vehicle license plate number, to guard against misuse.
Ration coupons were a coveted necessity for civilians. This is an example of "Special, Category A" coupons which governed vehicle licencing and gasoline allotments.
In June 1942 J.M. MacDonnell, a decorated veteran of the First World War, addressed a business group on the implications of wartime economic controls.
The advertising decal not only celebrated the armistice that ended the First World War, but also the unity of the Allied nations in a common cause.
Victory was a constant theme in Second World War advertising.
To ease the strain on Canada's currency, Canadians during the Second World War were urged to buy British goods, rather than American, whenever possible.
During the Second World War, the Wartime Prices and Trade Board printed and distributed labels that allowed envelopes to be reused, as a way to save paper.