World War II

The fortifications of war

Issued in 1939 using artwork from the American World in Arms series, the bilingual Fighting Forces series offered young card collectors a wide range of subjects, including military fortifications.

Allied aircraft gum cards

These gum cards probably went into production very early in the Second World War - many of the airplanes featured had been removed service as obsolete by 1940, while others would eventually go through many variants: Republic Guardsman; Vickers Wellesley; Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley; Northrop 8A; Vought V-143; Supermarine Seagull V; Bell VFM-1; Curtiss Hawk III; Short Singapore III; Caudron C-670; Supermarine Stranraer; Lockheed Electra 10E; Sikorsky S-43; Boeing Stratoliner; Curtiss Y1A-18; Hanrive 510; Fairey FC; Grumann Midwing; Douglas TBD-1; North American Harvard; Northrop N-3; Saunders-Roe Lerwick; Vought-Sikorsky F4U; Cessna AT-A.

Blackout for the home

Communities often relied on blackout techniques to conceal residential areas from enemy airmen. This booklet educated civilians on the regulations and procedures associated with preparing one's house both inside and out.

The Wartime Garden

This detailed bulletin offers advice for small- and large-scale vegetable gardens and outlines methods for soil preparation, planting, and cultivation.

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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.

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Growing food in wartime

This pamphlet urges civilians with small backyards to produce their own healthy vegetables and offers advice on how to do so under wartime conditions.

Post-war price controls

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.

Canada at War, No. 40

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series aimed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both at home and overseas. This is the 40th issue in the French-language version of that series.

Canada at War, Nov. 1942

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series aimed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both overseas and at home. This booklet is one of two supplementals to that series, published in September and October of 1942, especially devoted to the subject of the Canadian people and the war effort.

Canada At War, Issue 2

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series was designed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both overseas and at home. This is the second issue in the French-language edition of that series.

Becoming a soldier-farmer

One popular government program allowed a veteran to purchase low-cost farmland - but only if he could provide references that attested to his good character.

A Victory Bond buyer lives here

These cards were intended to be placed in a home or business window, as proof that the individual had supported the war effort by purchasing Victory Bonds.

Highland Light Infantry Christmas cards

Captain George Hipel of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada sent two very different Christmas cards home: a hurriedly printed black and white card in 1944, when the unit was still fighting; and an impressive colour card in 1945, when the unit was back in England.

High Flight

John Gillespie Magee's beloved poem was used for the 1942 Christmas card of the RCAF's overseas headquarters in London.

Sappers' holiday wishes

These are typical examples of crested Christmas cards that were sold to Canadian servicemen and women both abroad and in Canada during the Second World War.

RCAF Christmas cards

Stylish Christmas cards with embossed crests and photographs, like these made for members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, were widely available during the Second World War.

Freedom or slavery?

To encourage enlistment, this collection of cartoons from the Second World War asked the farmer, the worker, the union member, the Catholic - if they would prefer freedom or slavery.

Thanks for the cigarettes ...

Many groups in Canada, including the Vancouver Kiwanis Club through the British Columbia Overseas Tobacco Fund, the Overseas League (Canada) Tobacco and Hamper Fund of Toronto, Ontario, employers, and relatives, sent cigarettes to soldiers, and received postcards of acknowledgement and thanks in return.

Brantford faces the enemy

This postcard, which uses a version of the First World War French slogan "Ils ne passeront pas", was printed for the city of Brantford, Ontario, probably in the summer of 1940, when the German armies posed a very real threat of crossing the English Channel.

The Legion's war work

The Canadian Legion funded and staffed welcome rooms at major railway stations across Canada, where servicemen and women could relax while waiting for a train.