World War II

Honouring the Canadian Grenadier Guards

Fifteen years after the end of the Second World War, this Montreal unit laid up its colours in accordance with military tradition.

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Commercial gasoline ration

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.

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Ex-soldiers and fraud

The Toronto Better Business Bureau opened a Veterans Assistance Department which published twenty-one booklets on topics relating to rehabilitation. This booklet warns of illegal businesses and fraudulent schemes, and offers tips on how to protect oneself while re-adjusting to civilian life.

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Entertaining the troops ... and their hosts

One of the most lavish productions mounted by Canadian Army Shows during the Second World War, Rhythm Rodeo played to thousands of Canadian servicemen and servicewomen, and countless British civilians, in 1945-46.

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News from a paper company

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

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The Extent of Canada's War Effort

Highlighting the fractured public opinion towards conscription and the "total war" effort that characterized the Canadian home front by 1942, this speech by the Minister of National Defence to the House of Commons attempted to identify the main issues of contention and examine Canada's role as it might evolve in the remaining years of the war.

The Royal Canadian Navy on watch

The stamp features grain elevators, but the special cover pays tribute to the navy.

"There'll Always Be An England"

This cover refers to the song popularized by Vera Lynn that became an immediate hit in September 1939.

The war so far

Intended for wide distribution within the armed forces, this booklet provided an incredibly concise account of the first five years of the Second World War.

"Ontario - the strategic key to Canada"

In one of a series of issues on the regions of Canada, the authors argue that Ontario is well situated for future prosperity and influence but that its people "have a long way to go to achieve perfection."

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Cornerstone of a better world

A summary of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, regarded by the Allies as a key to stability and security in the postwar world.

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.

Knitting for style and thrift

Monarch Knitting Company was one of Canada's largest textile firms. Their pattern magazines afforded wartime families the opportunity to sew their own clothing from scratch or recycled fabric, while still staying trendy.

"Government by the People"

This booklet from the Wartime Information Board discusses the history, constitution, and function of parliament to promote general awareness of and interest in the Government of Canada.

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Gasoline rationing

Ration coupons were a coveted necessity for civilians. This is an example of "Special, Category A" coupons which governed vehicle licencing and gasoline allotments.

Art in wartime - and after

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

War Emergency Training Classes Certificate: Machine Fitting

The Youth Training Act of 1939 enacted the War Emergency Training Program (1940-46) to provide technical training for individuals in the armed services and war industries.

Meet the Navy

This traveling musical revue was hosted by the Royal Canadian Navy to provide entertainment while boosting recruiting and morale.

WRENS dance card

This keepsake from a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) based in Deep Brooke, Nova Scotia, attests to the popular dances and music of the time.

Victory Day Service

This Royal Canadian Navy Draft Depot in Halifax, Nova Scotia, held a church service to mark the German surrender in May 1945.