Marconi Radiotrons Substitution List

This pamphlet was published by Marconi, the company responsible for patenting the radio in 1904. This specific pamphlet was a substitution list for replacement 'radio tubes'. Radio tubes generate and amplify radio-frequencies, but have a temporary shelf life and need to be replaced periodically. Before the introduction of television, and especially during wartime, having functional radios was crucial for any family.

London Off Duty Magazine

During the Second World War, these magazines were published by Morny, an up-scale pharmacy and parfumerie. It was given out to Officers in His Majesty's Armed Forces and the Civil Defence Forces as a tourist guide while they were on leave in London, England. This edition featured various social clubs, restaurants and theatres. 

Canada's War Record

This short pamphlet was issued by the Director of Public Information as a fact-sheet that could be referenced if the individual was asked about Canada's involvement in the war. 

Philatopic Monthly

This publication by the Empire Stamp Company featured rare stamps, upcoming new stamps, and general news of interest to philatelists. During the Second World War, stamps became an important element of supporting the war effort at home. Philatopic Monthly followed closely the release of new war stamps by the War Savings Committee in Ottawa, with this issue providing a discussion of what the new stamps could look like. 


Vehicles were used for military maneuvers and demonstrations when not in use in the field. This group of touring cars and military trucks were used by Canadian soldiers in maneuvers at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. In the other photos, the Duchess and Princess of Connaught were transported alongside the Duke of Connaught for a demonstration in Vernon, British Columbia in 1916.

Vehicles in the Field

Vehicles like bikes, tanks, and armoured trucks and cars were used in the field throughout the First World War. They were extremely important in the continuation of the war. as they moved people, weapons and supplies.

"Grampian Gossip"

HMT Grampian was a steam ship owned by Allan Line Steam Ships Company and used as a troop carrier during the First World War. It carried Canadian troops to and from Europe, and at least one voyage produced this little shipboard newsletter.

Personal Vehicles

Personal motorized vehicles were a luxury few Canadians could afford at the start of the twentieth century. Many owners enjoyed showing off their vehicles, like the farmers posed inside their vehicles in these photos. 

Trucks on Parade

Trucks and other vehicles were utilized as parade floats during the First World War. The first photo is a decorated truck on parade for Lambton county's 149th Battalion, in Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario.

The Cunard Bulletin

The Cunard Bulletin was a newspaper distributed aboard the vessels of the Cunard Line. This issue was published on the ship Carmania, and was likely picked up by a soldier on his return home to Canada for demobilization.