vintage-photo-tuesday canadian women during ww2

This Friday is Remembrance Day, so for this week’s blog posts I am going to focus on Canada during WWII. That means today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday are images of Canadian Women on the Home Front, doing their part for their Country.

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War production and savings poster regarding a variety of goods for reuse or repurposing as war supplies, 1940 – 1941 Source: Collections Canada

1943-Time to punch in and begin your service for Canada.

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Source: Library and Archives Canada

January 1943-Mrs. Mackay using a Riveting gun at a shipyard in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

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Source: Library and Archives Canada

Defense workers on the line.

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Source: Library and Archives Canada

Not all women during WWII were working on items for overseas, there was regular upkeep needed of items already made in Canada. Like the train pictured below.

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Source: Library and Archives Canada
Female worker Margot Bourassa shellacs the body of a fuse in the breakdown room of the Cherrier plant (Montreal) of the Defense Industries Limited.
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Source: Collections Canada

At the same plant mentioned above a woman sews cordite bags. On a vintage hair note, check out that style. Wow!

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Source: Library and Archives Canada

It was important in some factories that the workers minds did not go idle, so music was played to help combat this. The below picture is of 2 women workers selecting the music to be played from their central control room at a Montreal factory.

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Source: Collections Canada

Female munitions worker Françoise Corbeil turns out parts while listening to the piped music in her factory.

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Source: Collections Canada

Break Time! Group of female workers enjoying a break from their work at a munitions plant.

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Source: Collections Canada

Testing lenses, at the Instruments Division of the Canadian Arsenals Ltd. optical plant. On another vintage hair note, nice to see hair that looks like mine when I style it (not perfect!).

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Source: Collections Canada

The Perry Sisters, employed at the Dominion Arsenals Ltd. plant, armed with rake, watering can and pitchfork, help look after the vegetable garden where they are working (looking mighty cute I might add).

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Source: Collections Canada

1943-Women of the Aluminum Co. wait in line to get an autograph from famous Canadian fighter pilot ‘George “Buzz” Beurling‘. Helen Fowler is the lucky lady first in line.

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Source: Library and Archives Canada

After a hard day in the factory there is nothing better than catching a few rays with friends. French-Canadian women at Dominion Arsenals (Personal Note: I adore this image).

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Source: Collections Canada

Hope you enjoyed the images of our hard-working Canadian ladies of the 1940’s. Thank you for your service!

Liz

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12 comments on “Vintage Photo Tuesday: Canadian Women on the Home Front during WWII”

  1. Those are fantastic photos! Love some of those hairstyles. I imagine you’ve already seen it, but I’ve just finished binge watching Bomb Girls, about the women working in the munitions factory in Canada. Great show and great 40s outfits!

    • Yay Bomb Girls! It was filmed in my home town of Toronto, so you bet I saw it (some of my fav vintage stores in town provided clothes for the show as well). I loved that show so much, glad you got to watch it!

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