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Second World War
The Navy Ashore  - The Navy and the Home Front

The Royal Canadian Navy became a strong presence on Canada's home front during the Second World War. Naval imagery appeared in fundraising and propaganda materials, while Canadians built equipment for the navy, or were encouraged to support it through volunteer work.

Cut-Out Allied Naval Units
Cut-Out Allied Naval Units

These Canadian-made cut-out paper toys capitalized on children's interest in the war and also avoided using metal or other materials essential to the war effort.

No instructions were packaged with this example of the toy, which includes ships, sailors, and a flying boat (centre right, lower). Although the cut-outs are identified as "Allied Naval Units," all of the ships with the exception of the submarine (centre right, middle) fly the White Ensign used by Britain's Royal Navy or Canada's Royal Canadian Navy.

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$90 Killed this U-Boat!
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944
Careless Words may cause Disaster!
Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
What would you do if I quit?
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Torpedo Depth and Roll Recorder
Send the boys good Books and magazines
Knit for the Navy and Merchant Navy
Ditty Bags for Sailors
Sailor's Fur Vest
"Meet the Navy" Program
"Meet the Navy" Program
Royal Canadian Navy Certificate of Acknowledgement
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Pillow Cover
Cut-Out Allied Naval Units
The Canadian Navy Paint Book
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
Bedford Magazine Explosion, 1945