World War I

King George V

An image of King George V, offered as a product premium during the First World War.

Have your soldier or sailor photographed

A First World War advertisement for a Toronto photography studio, aimed at the families of men and women in uniform.

Marshal Foch sells insurance!

This picture of Supreme Allied Commander Ferdinand Foch was used to advertise the London Life Insurance Company during the First World War.

War memorial, Sudbury, Ontario

A memorial service at the cenotaph in Sudbury, Ontario, c1930.

The Dumbells, “Watchman, What of the Night?”

The Dumbells were the most popular soldiers’ concert party in the First World War, and indeed into the 1920s.

War memorial, Canning, Nova Scotia

The war memorial in Canning, Nova Scotia, c1930.

Tableau of “In Flanders Fields”

This float, inspired by John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields,’ was likely used in a Victory Bond parade late in the First World War.

The truth about American involvement

This pamphlet, originally published as a magazine article in 1928, was reprinted as a booklet in response to huge public demand for copies.

Canadian Corps Reunion, Toronto, 1934

This program was distributed at a church service held in Toronto as part of a 1934 reunion of Canadian veterans.

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Veterans Memorial Service, 1927

In 1927, the Canadian Legion held a special service in Toronto as part of a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and Prince George (later King George VI).

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78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) Reunion

The 78th Battalion of Winnipeg continued to hold reunions long after the end of the First World War, including this dinner in 1928.

26th Battalion Overseas Club

The 26th Battalion of New Brunswick continued to hold reunions long after the end of the First World War, including this dinner in 1960.

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War Trophy

A young woman poses on a German artillery piece, captured by Canadian units in September 1918 and brought back to Canada as a war trophy.