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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.

Send the boys good Books and magazines
Send the boys good Books and magazines

This poster encourages Canadians to provide books and magazines to members of the Canadian military, including the Royal Canadian Navy.

Service caps represent the Royal Canadian Navy (top), the Royal Canadian Air Force (right), and the Canadian Army (bottom). The National Salvage Office, which co-ordinated the salvage and recycling of materials for wartime use, issued this poster as part of a broader campaign encouraging recycling. In addition to books and magazines, fats, bones, aluminum, tin foil, rags, glass, rubber, metal saucepans, iron fences, and used clothing were collected for recycling into armaments, munitions, and other essential war supplies.

Scrap Production Poster
CWM 19750539-018

$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