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"Canada's Second Front Line"

In this booklet of a printed speech, C.D. Howe comments on his role as head of the War Supply Board, noting the challenges the board faced in terms of administration and distribution. Of particular note, he stresses the importance of the home front and the role that Canadian industry will play in wartime.

Canada needs wool

To help meet demands for woollen articles for service personnel, this bulletin calls for a nation-wide increase in the number of sheep on farms and a decrease in the civilian use of wool.

View PDF: Wool Urgent.pdf

Wealth in forestry

A brief survey of Canada's pulp and paper industry before and during the Second World War, with projections for the future.

View PDF: Pulp & paper.pdf

Women in munitions factories

This text was designed to showcase the value of women's work in the munitions manufacturing sector through photographs taken in Canada by the Imperial Munitions Board Engineering Department.

View PDF: Munitions.pdf

News from a paper company

This British Columbia paper company reported on employees in uniform and fund-raising efforts in its monthly newsletter.

View PDF: Hy-G Dispenser.pdf

Trading with the world

The author, a First World War veteran and professor of economics at Queen's University, discusses the importance of international trade to Canada's prosperity.

Art in wartime - and after

Various Canadian artists argue for the entertainment, cultural, and spiritual value of designers and performers during wartime and peacetime.

Iron and steel

This survey of Canada's iron and steel industry begins with a military truism: "Fighting men appreciate steel. We have both dished it out and dodged it."

Canada's forestry sector

A discussion of how to make the most of Canada's forest resources, both during and after the Second World War.

View PDF: Wealth in Wood.pdf

The state of Canadian farming

This booklet surveyed the past, present and future of Canadian agriculture in light of events of the Second World War.

Sabotage at a Walkerville factory

In 1915, the Peabody factory in Walkerville, Ontario, which manufactured military uniforms, was targeted by German-American saboteurs, who struck and then returned to the United States.

Inspecting mail for cash

To prevent the drain of US currency from Canada, the government had the power to open mail to ensure that money was not being exported without permission.

Making the Ram tank

This stamp honoured the manufacture of Ram tanks in Canada, and used a First World War phrase to do so.

Shipping pulp to Minnesota

The shipment of industrial materials was carefully regulated during the Second World War, especially when they were crossing an international border. Unbleached sulphite pulp is an ingredient used to make paper.

Registration of Andrew Woelfle, Paisley

During the First World War, all adult Canadians were required to carry a certificate confirming that they had been "registered for national purposes."

Canada feeds the Allies

This 1918 pamphlet outlined the extent of Canada's agricultural contribution to feeding the Allied nations in the First World War.

National Registration Certificate, 1940

Under the 1940 National Registration Regulations, every citizen had to carry proof of registration at all times. This card was issued to Nellie House of Hamilton, Ontario.

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