Objects and Photographs


Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear
Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear

Two Wrens model the service's uniform (left) and an example of the same uniform refashioned into a civilian outfit (right).

Upon their demobilization, members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) were allowed to keep almost all of the kit they had been issued, including much of their uniform. This is one of a series of photographs showing ways in which WRCNS uniforms could be refashioned into civilian clothing. After years of wartime clothing rationing, and in the face of delays until civilian clothing would become widely available again, such re-use was widely encouraged.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19920141-077

Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
Halifax Dockyard
HMCS Micmac
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax
WRCNS Acceptance Letter to Eleanor McCallum
HMCS Conestoga
WRCNS Summer and Winter Uniforms
WRCNS on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe
WRCNS Quarters, Halifax, 1945
Wrens Listening for German Radio Transmissions
Plotting Room, Naval Service Headquarters, Ottawa
Combat Simulator Ship Model
First Wrens Going Overseas
Jenny Whitehead at Work
Canadian Naval Staff in London on V-E Day
Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944