World War II

The Rileys return to Hamilton

The RHLI, nicknamed the Rileys, fought in the Dieppe raid and through the campaign in north-west Europe, returning to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1945.

Casualty identification tag

The tag, which would typically have been pinned to the tunic, indicated that Lieutenant Sams was being evacuated to England from 10 Canadian General Hospital with a slight leg wound.

The Legion welcomes another veteran

The Canadian Legion was keen to offer advice and assistance to all demobilized Canadians at the end of the Second World War.

An officer comes home

The card that every family longed to get, giving notification of the return home of a loved one in uniform.

Giving thanks for peace

Sold at $1 per hundred, this leaflet provided a standard service that could be used by any of the Protestant denominations to mark the end of the Second World War.

A soldier-poet looks towards peace

One of the most popular poems of the Second World War, "Prayer for Victory" was read to huge crowds by actors Greer Garson and Raymond Massey, and broadcast to millions of listeners on national radio networks. Diespecker asked that any profits generated by sales of his work go to the Canadian Red Cross Society.

Saving for the war effort

Like countless Canadians, Annette Waterman of St Thomas, Ontario, invested heavily in Canada's war effort by purchasing War Savings Certificates and Victory Bonds.

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War Savings for Christmas

This little card from an insurance company was intended to remind Canadians to support the war effort at Christmas, by buying War Savings Certificates.

Using less sugar

Civilians were encouraged to be conservative with rationed food items. This document offers recipes for desserts, taking into account the strict rationing of sugar.

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For new recruits at Camp Borden

This little guide included everything a new recruit needed to know about Camp Borden, from the local bus service to where to find a good game of chess.

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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.

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Remembering the fallen of Vancouver

In 1944, the service at Vancouver's Cenotaph was as much about the war then in progress as it was about the war of the previous generation.

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Advertising tires and rubber

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.

Foods for the post-war family

This guide provides rules for post-war healthy eating, approved by the Canadian Council on Nutrition.

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A guide for Canadians in London

With this guide, Canadians on leave in London could find accommodation, clubs, and hospitality centres run by a variety of organizations, including the YMCA, the Knights of Columbus, and the Salvation Army.

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Home canning in wartime

To reduce the stress on resources, families were encouraged to increase the shelf life of their perishable foods by canning them at home. This is a guide to preparing and preserving fruits and vegetables, including berries, peaches, plums, and pears.

A corporate service roll

After the Second World War, this wholesale and retail dry goods firm published a booklet to recognize staff members who had served in uniform.

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The RCAF and dangerous flying

A humorous take on a very serious subject - the consequences of reckless flying amongst student pilots. This was probably distributed to new trainees to enlighten them about the hazards of carelessness.

The Canadians leave Aldershot

The first Canadian soldiers reached Aldershot in southern England in October 1939 to establish Canadian bases there; six years later, the city held a ceremony to bid them farewell.

Collecting Allied aircraft pictures

These images of Second World War Allied aircraft were probably cut from cereal boxes, and could be saved or traded.