Introductory Essay

Volunteering was an integral part of the “total war” Canadians experienced during the First and Second World Wars, offering civilians a meaningful and practical way to contribute to the national war…

Buy Victory Bonds

This ink blotter was distributed during one of the Victory Loan campaigns of the Second World War.

Canadian Prisoners of War Relatives Association

The newsletter of the Canadian Prisoner of War Relatives Association, published monthly in Montreal.

#23 Oct 1943.pdf (45.08 MB)
#26 Jan 1944.pdf (46.01 MB)
#28 Mar 1944.pdf (53.88 MB)
#29 Apr 1944.pdf (51.67 MB)
#30 May 1944.pdf (48.99 MB)
#34 Sep 1944.pdf (59.35 MB)
#36 Nov 1944.pdf (61.3 MB)
#41 Apr 1945.pdf (58.11 MB)
#42 May 1945.pdf (52.78 MB)

National Salvage Campaign

As part of the 1942 National Salvage Campaign, organizers in Fredericton, New Brunswick, encouraged teachers to mobilize their students to collect scrap metal, rags, and rubber.

Pull Together Canada!

‘Pull Together Canada’ was a musical review written and performed in support of Victory Loan campaigns during the Second World War.

pulltogether.pdf (3.44 MB)

Serve by Saving

A pamphlet advertising War Savings Certificates, a program in which civilians purchased stamps and could redeem them after the war for a higher value.

Bingo for War Victims

A huge bingo game at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in 1941 raised money for the British War Victims' Fund, organized by the Telegram. Hockey announcer Foster Hewitt was a featured guest.

Bingo.pdf (25.51 MB)

Pull Together, Canada

Patterned after a successful American number, this song "brings patriotism down to brass tacks and shows, in a simple and compelling way, how every Canadian can play his part."

You Can Fight.pdf (2.04 MB)

Be prepared for bombs

As the enemy developed new types of incendiary bombs, it was necessary to keep the public informed about new procedures - despite the fact that a fire raid on Halifax or Winnipeg was unlikely.

Paying for the war

During the Second World War, the federal government hope to run the war on a pay-as-you-go basis - with funding provided by Canadians themselves, using instruments such as War Savings Certificates.

"Knitted articles for all branches of the service"

In successive editions of this pamphlet, it is possible to see changing understandings of what men and women in uniform needed in the way of knitted articles.