Merry Christmas - 1915 style

A couple of Chapleau, Ontario, chose an image of a British battle cruiser to adorn their 1915 Christmas card.

xmascardlion.pdf (1.24 MB)

Camp Borden Military Theatre

Soldiers training at Camp Borden, Ontario, during the Second World War had a wide range of entertainment options available.

Philo Woitas, “War”

In September 1939, a church magazine in Holland, Manitoba, printed this poem about the coming of war.

ghsept1939.pdf (4.83 MB)

Great yarns are told of squadrons bold'

In the great tradition of stirring naval poetry, Lieutenant-Commander Hugh Campbell wrote this tribute to the men and ships of the 31st Canadian Minesweeping Flotilla while serving on HMCS Fort William. The 31st operated off Omaha and Utah beaches during the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.

Hockey Night in ... Scotland

Early 1945 saw Canadian military and local teams battling on the ice at Paisley, with the Canadian teams featuring talent from the NHL.

Musical Propaganda

A pamphlet sold on the home front for 25 cents with sheet music and lyrics for the song "Hitler on the Run!" by Neil MacDonald.

Making use of available materials

A letter home to Canada written on birch bark.

Birch Letter.pdf (3.97 MB)
Birch Letter.pdf (3.97 MB)
Birch Letter.pdf (3.97 MB)

"Smiles will never be rationed"

The Happy Gang was one of the most popular entertainment groups of the 1940s, and considered its material to be ammunition for the "'second front' at home, the Fun Front."

Happy Gang.pdf (3.87 MB)

A cartoonist goes to war

Arthur LeMay was better known for his comic strip "Aventures de Timothée," but during the Second World War he turned his hand to propaganda cartoons to support the war effort.

LeMay.pdf (4.66 MB)

Graduating navigators and bomb aimers

The wings ceremony was an important milestone for airmen in training, a public acknowledgement that they had mastered their trade. This course, at a school operated by Canadian Pacific Air Lines, was unusual in having so many Polish airmen.

1AOS.pdf (8.04 MB)