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War Posters Canada

During the First World War, Canadian war posters were using bold and short text copy, often along with simple, descriptive images to convey their messages. Heavily word based, they featured sentimental reminders of the need to support "the boys" at the front, viciously drawn attacks on "the Hun" (Germans). WWI period imagery often requires decoding in order to be understood by today's reader.

During the Second World War, more picturesque "Buy Victory Bonds!", or "Don't Spread war- rumours" to avoid becoming "one of Hitler's Little Helpers" messages were everywhere. Canada created posters aimed at convincing citizens to join the military or help out on the home front.
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Boys to the farm -- bring your chums and do your bit  -- S.O.S. / E. Henderson.

Boys to the farm -- bring your chums and do your bit -- S.O.S. / E. H...

Poster shows man in Sons of the Soil uniform blowing a bugle to summon men to the Sons of the Soil corps. In the background, men in the S.O.S. uniform head for the fields. Text indicates that the bugler is wear... more

Fish & vegetable meals will save wheat, meat & fats for our soldiers and allies

Fish & vegetable meals will save wheat, meat & fats for our soldiers a...

Poster shows an arrangement of fish and vegetables.

Forward! To victory with the 245 Overseas Canadian Grenadier Guards Battalion

Forward! To victory with the 245 Overseas Canadian Grenadier Guards Ba...

Poster shows soldiers charging forward under the number 245.

Join the Canadian Grenadier Guards

Join the Canadian Grenadier Guards

Poster shows a Grenadier Guard; in background the Guard's Armoury and a vignette of soldiers in battle.

Are you one of Kitchener's own?

Are you one of Kitchener's own?

Poster shows portrait of Lord Kitchener with Union Jack as a background.

We will uphold the priceless gem of liberty ... shall we help to crush tyranny?

We will uphold the priceless gem of liberty ... shall we help to crush...

Poster shows soldier standing at attention, framed by two Union Jacks.

Recruits wanted ... fall in boys!

Recruits wanted ... fall in boys!

Poster shows a soldier playing bagpipes.

500 men wanted for the 237th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F.

500 men wanted for the 237th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F.

Poster shows a soldier pointing upwards.

Canada's egg opportunity

Canada's egg opportunity

Poster shows a large chicken, two figures representing Great Britain and Canada, and four eggs, representing egg production in Canada and sales to Britain. Text continues: Very little eggs for such a big bird. ... more

Join the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion

Join the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion

Poster shows a soldier with shamrocks in his hand, cap and in his gun barrel, walking along a country road.

The thin khaki line keeps the fate of Belgium from your hearth and home. Get into khaki now!
S.O.S. Soldiers of the Soil  - boys to the front

S.O.S. Soldiers of the Soil - boys to the front

Poster shows a farmer on a horse leading two plow horses pointing and to vignette showing soldiers in battle. Text encourages boy between the ages of 15 and 19 to volunteer for the Soldiers of the Soil program.

Jump into your place in the Sportsman's Company of the Irish Canadian Rangers

Jump into your place in the Sportsman's Company of the Irish Canadian ...

Poster shows a man with a shamrock on his track suit jumping over a group of soldiers. Emblem of Overseas Irish Canadian Rangers on left side of poster.

Come now! With the 173rd Overseas Battalion, Canadian Highlanders
Canada's butter opportunity

Canada's butter opportunity

Poster shows four plates of butter, representing the amount of butter Canada sold to Great Britain before the war, the shortage of butter in Britain due to the war, and how much butter Canada has sold twelve ye... more

Come into the garden Dad! / Sampson.

Come into the garden Dad! / Sampson.

Poster shows a young boy in overalls with a shovel over his shoulder.

Help the boys to keep them running

Help the boys to keep them running

Poster shows German soldiers fleeing amidst explosions.

Attention! ... Canadian Grenadier Guards now recruiting

Attention! ... Canadian Grenadier Guards now recruiting

Poster shows two soldiers, in profile, standing at attention.

The famous 13th, 42nd, and 73rd battalions C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of Canada, allied with the Black Watch

The famous 13th, 42nd, and 73rd battalions C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of...

Poster shows recruiting announcement on a Union Jack.

Canada's pork opportunity / E. Henderson.

Canada's pork opportunity / E. Henderson.

Poster shows two figures representing Great Britain and Canada exchanging money for a pig. A large hog indicates how many pounds of pork Britain buys and the smaller pig represents how much Canada sells. Text c... more

The happy man today is the man at the front. Royal Highlanders of Canada  ... join the 73rd now

The happy man today is the man at the front. Royal Highlanders of Cana...

Poster shows a soldier of the Royal Highlanders Battalion.

Canadian Mounted Rifles

Canadian Mounted Rifles

Poster shows four soldiers on horseback, one holding binoculars and looking toward a French(?) village.

The Jews the world over love liberty, have fought for it & will fight for it ... enlist with the infantry Reinforcements

The Jews the world over love liberty, have fought for it & will fight ...

Poster shows a soldier cutting the bonds from a Jewish man, who strains to join a group of soldiers running in the distance and says, "You have cut my bonds and set me free - now let me help you set others free... more

Why don't they come? ... join the 148th Battalion

Why don't they come? ... join the 148th Battalion

Poster shows soldier in battle with vignette of hockey game rising from his smoking rifle.

Buy fresh fish, save the meat for our soldiers and allies / E. Henderson.

Buy fresh fish, save the meat for our soldiers and allies / E. Henders...

Poster shows a butcher pointing at fish while a customer looks on.

Nous defendrons le precieux joyau de la liberte ... aiderons nous a ecraser la tyrannie?

Nous defendrons le precieux joyau de la liberte ... aiderons nous a ec...

Poster shows soldier standing at attention, framed by two Union Jacks.

All in one with the Irish Canadian Rangers 199th Overseas Battalion

All in one with the Irish Canadian Rangers 199th Overseas Battalion

Poster shows a map of Ireland and the battalion insignia.

Waste not, want not - prepare for winter

Waste not, want not - prepare for winter

Poster shows a young woman and an older woman standing before a table of fruits and vegetables, and some canned foods. The older woman holds up a jar and gestures toward the table. Additional text: Save perisha... more

Canada Food Board recipe books

Canada Food Board recipe books

Poster shows front and back of four cook books issued by the Canada Food Board.

We are saving you, you save food / E. Henderson.

We are saving you, you save food / E. Henderson.

Poster shows a soldier pointing in the air with explosions in the background. Text continues: Well fed soldiers will win the war.

Are you breaking the law? Patriotic Canadians will not hoard food

Are you breaking the law? Patriotic Canadians will not hoard food

Poster shows a man and woman with bags of hoarded flour and sugar looking at the silhouette of a policeman walking by their blind-covered window. A Canada Food Board statement, detailing fines for hoarding, ha... more

Canada's beef opportunity

Canada's beef opportunity

Poster shows figures of steers with beef statistics indicating how much beef Britain buys and how much Canada sells to Britain. Text continues: Speed up. We must do better.

Loyal talk won't beat Kaiser Krupp Kulture, trained men will! Enlist now!
Why don't I go? The 148th Battalion needs me / Holland.

Why don't I go? The 148th Battalion needs me / Holland.

Poster showing a man relaxing in a lounge chair, with newspaper open to the sports pages, and gazing into the smoke from his pipe, where he visualizes himself in combat. The man in combat gazes into smoke from ... more

Canadiens Francais. Venez avec nous dans le 150ieme Bataillon C.M.R. Aider a la victoire du coq Gaulois sur l'aigle Prussien / AGR [? monogram].

Canadiens Francais. Venez avec nous dans le 150ieme Bataillon C.M.R. A...

Poster showing, against backdrop of the tricouleurs, hero Lt. Col. H. Barré pointing to a scene of a cock "France" attacking an eagle "Allemagne."

Naval service of Canada. Only strong, healthy and well educated men and boys are required and they must be of good character

Naval service of Canada. Only strong, healthy and well educated men an...

Poster showing battleship H.M.C.S. Rainbow, and smaller scenes of navy activities.

Fight for her. Come with the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion, Montreal / Hal Ross Perrigard after Whistler.

Fight for her. Come with the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion...

Poster showing a woman seated, in profile, taken from Whistler's "Arrangement in Grey and Black," commonly called "Whistler's Mother."

Achetez des timbres d'épargne de guerre

Achetez des timbres d'épargne de guerre

Poster showing a young factory worker in overalls holding a Canada War Savings Certificate booklet.

Thrift stamps. We licked them at the front, you lick them at the back

Thrift stamps. We licked them at the front, you lick them at the back

Poster showing a soldier pointing to German soldiers, on the left, and savings stamps, on the right.

Canadiens-Français enrolez-vous! L'Angleterre, rempart de nos libertés, est menaçée.... Reformez les régiments de Voltigeurs de Salaberry / A.H. Hider.
Canadiens Francais. Enrolez-vous au 150ieme Carabiniers Mont Royal, sous le commandement du Lt. Colonel H. Barré
69eme Bataillon. Nos gloires passees et futures

69eme Bataillon. Nos gloires passees et futures

Poster showing, in silhouette, a female figure holding branches and a sword.

Our boys want smokes. For 25 cents we send a dollars worth. Contributions received here for Canada's Tobacco Fund, organized by the Over-Seas Club

Our boys want smokes. For 25 cents we send a dollars worth. Contributi...

Poster showing popular Bert Thomas cartoon of a soldier lighting his pipe, rifle at hand, and asking the Kaiser to wait a moment.

Bushmen and sawmill hands wanted. Join the 238th Canadian Forestry Battalion

Bushmen and sawmill hands wanted. Join the 238th Canadian Forestry Bat...

Poster showing a forester holding a pike and an axe, and a small night scene of logging on a river.

Facts for Canadians who enlist for overseas service. ... Kitchener wants more Canadians! Enlist now!

Facts for Canadians who enlist for overseas service. ... Kitchener wan...

Poster explains details of enlistees' service and compensation.

The navy wants men

The navy wants men

Poster showing sailors in a crow's nest.

If you cannot put the "I" into fight, you can put the "pay' into patriotism by giving to the Canadian Patriotic Fund / Howell Lith. Co., Ltd., Hamilton, Can.

If you cannot put the "I" into fight, you can put the "pay' into patri...

Poster showing a soldier, and a worker contributing to the Canadian Patriotic Fund.

"Send more men." Won't you answer the call / Stone Ltd.

"Send more men." Won't you answer the call / Stone Ltd.

Poster showing a soldier using telephone apparatus.

Bushmen and sawmill hands wanted. Join the 224th Canadian Forestry Battalion

Bushmen and sawmill hands wanted. Join the 224th Canadian Forestry Bat...

Poster showing a forester sawing, and men moving timber using horse sleds.

Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve Overseas Division wants men ages 18 to 38. Seamen & stokers. Join to-day

Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve Overseas Division wants men age...

Poster showing, in silhouette, a sailor and gun turret on a battleship.

Le 178ieme Bataillon Canadien-Français des cantons de l'est

Le 178ieme Bataillon Canadien-Français des cantons de l'est

Poster showing a father and son in the field of their farm, as the father bids goodbye and the son goes to join troops marching by.

Irish Canadians. Enlist in an Irish and Canadian battalion. 199th Battalion C.E.F. Irish Canadian Rangers / Nutter.

Irish Canadians. Enlist in an Irish and Canadian battalion. 199th Batt...

Poster showing soldiers shaking hands, as one points to the motto, "Small nations must be free." Background features maple leaf and shamrocks.

Tous les vrais Poil-aux-pattes s'enrôlent au 163e C.-F.

Tous les vrais Poil-aux-pattes s'enrôlent au 163e C.-F.

Poster showing a soldier smoking, and saying "Victoire! Les Poil-aux-pattes s'en viennent."

Au 69eme. Les volontaires qui s'enroleront dans le 69eme Bataillon recevront ...

Au 69eme. Les volontaires qui s'enroleront dans le 69eme Bataillon rec...

Poster showing a soldier in silhouette. Text explains salary and benefits for enlistment.

They serve France. How can I serve Canada? Buy victory bonds / Adapted from photo by Brown Bros.
Construction men, bushmen, sawmill men & chauffeurs wanted. Join the 242nd Canadian Forestry [section of text cut away: Overseas?] Battalion

Construction men, bushmen, sawmill men & chauffeurs wanted. Join the 2...

Poster showing a forester holding a pike, and a small night scene of men building a log bridge.

Bring him home with the Victory Loan

Bring him home with the Victory Loan

Poster showing a soldier with his rifle and kit, waiting on a dock.

Here's your chance. It's men we want / Stone Ltd.

Here's your chance. It's men we want / Stone Ltd.

Poster showing a soldier pointing to troops marching by.

Canadiens-Francais! Le Prussien est encore sur le sol de France ... Enrolez-vous dans le 189e Bataillon, F.E.C.

Canadiens-Francais! Le Prussien est encore sur le sol de France ... En...

Poster showing soldiers in various uniforms beneath Allied flags.

Give! and heal / W.S. Johnston & Co'y, Limited, Toronto.

Give! and heal / W.S. Johnston & Co'y, Limited, Toronto.

Poster showing small scenes of Red Cross activities.

Les heros de St-Julien et de Festubert ... Suivrons nous leur exemple?

Les heros de St-Julien et de Festubert ... Suivrons nous leur exemple?

Poster shows soldier in profile against a Union Jack. Text encourages enlistment, referring to 1915 battles of St. Julien and Festubert.

Heros of St. Julien and Festubert ... shall we follow their example?

Heros of St. Julien and Festubert ... shall we follow their example?

Poster shows soldier in profile against a Union Jack. Text encourages enlistment, referring to 1915 battles of St. Julien and Festubert.

Le bon feu 1914-1915-1916. N'oubliez pas ceux qui ont froid

Le bon feu 1914-1915-1916. N'oubliez pas ceux qui ont froid

A man and a woman, wrapped in blankets, seated and standing, respectively, near an empty fireplace. This was a campaign to supply those at home, particularly older people, with wood or coal for heat.

To build anything, to fight anything ... 5th Overseas Pioneer Battalion, C.E.F.

To build anything, to fight anything ... 5th Overseas Pioneer Battalio...

Poster shows soldiers building a bridge while airplanes fly overhead; in background soldiers fighting.

Buy Victory Bonds. Back him up!

Buy Victory Bonds. Back him up!

Poster showing a rear view of a soldier facing battlefield.

Now! Victory Bonds / Sampson.

Now! Victory Bonds / Sampson.

Poster shows a soldier with his arms spread .

Doing my bit, four years; do yours, buy Victory Bonds

Doing my bit, four years; do yours, buy Victory Bonds

Poster shows a Canadian soldier holding up four fingers.

Your chums are fighting -- why aren't you?

Your chums are fighting -- why aren't you?

Poster shows silhouette of soldiers, bayonets drawn, in battle.

Buy Victory Bonds. Back him up!

Buy Victory Bonds. Back him up!

Poster shows a rear view of a soldier facing battlefield.

4 reasons for buying Victory Bonds

4 reasons for buying Victory Bonds

Poster shows heads of four men probably representing the Central Powers - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Read this, join now the 244th Overseas Battalion

Read this, join now the 244th Overseas Battalion

Poster shows a soldier's letter superimposed on the British flag.

We go next! Irish Canadian Rangers...

We go next! Irish Canadian Rangers...

Poster shows silhouette of soldier on hill waving to troop (?) ships leaving port; on left side, the British flag and emblem of the Overseas Irish Canadian Rangers.

Yours not to do and die - yours but to go and buy Victory Bonds, 1918

Yours not to do and die - yours but to go and buy Victory Bonds, 1918

Poster showing soldiers with bayonets about to charge.

Buy War Bonds. Pave the way to victory

Buy War Bonds. Pave the way to victory

Poster shows Canadian soldiers in trucks driving over a road paved with war bonds.

Faith in Canada--Use it all for Victory Bonds

Faith in Canada--Use it all for Victory Bonds

Poster showing a treasure chest, with soldiers in the background.

Yours not to do and die -- yours but to go and buy Victory Bonds

Yours not to do and die -- yours but to go and buy Victory Bonds

Poster shows Canadian soldiers, with bayonets drawn, going into battle.

Canada timbres d'epargne de guerre. Venez en aide au pays

Canada timbres d'epargne de guerre. Venez en aide au pays

Poster showing savings stamps for war bonds.

Keep all Canadians busy. Buy 1918 Victory Bonds

Keep all Canadians busy. Buy 1918 Victory Bonds

Poster shows beavers chewing on a tree.