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Second World War Realia

  • RC0590
  • Coleção
  • 1943

This collection consists of various pieces of ephemera and other items related to the Second World War.

Hamilton Spectator collection

  • RC0169
  • Coleção
  • 1922-1961

The collection consists of 4 letters addressed to William Mullis, editor, The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ont. and 1 letter to T. W. D. Farmer, editor, The Hamilton Spectator. The letters are from Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen (1874-1960), Prime Minister of Canada, 1920-1921 and 1926; Vincent Massey (1887-1967), Governor-General of Canada, 1952-1959; John Hylan, Mayor of New York city; and William Maxwell Aitken, Baron Beaverbrook (1879-1964). There is also an autograph by Arthur Meighen.

Hamilton Spectator

Russell Kneale Magee collection

  • RC0386
  • Coleção
  • 1942-1946

The collection consists of letters written by Magee to Charles and Marion Shaw, 1944-1946. The Shaws were the owners of the North American Leather Company in Omemee, Ontario. There are also letters (typed carbons) from Magee to Dr. Ody and Colonel Harris which may have been enclosed in letters to the Shaws; one letter (a typed carbon) from Shaw to Magee; a draft of an unsigned letter to Sherwood Lett about Magee; and a mimeographed report “Visit to Berlin”, unsigned but by Magee.

Magee, Russell Kneale

John Wigmore collection

  • RC0887
  • Coleção
  • 1942-1944

The collection consists of forty-five letters from John Wigmore to his parents, plus two additional letters from his brother Bill, written between 1942-44.

Wigmore, John G.

Second World War collection

  • RC0331
  • Coleção
  • 1935-2005

The collection consists of typescripts, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, reports, sheet music, printed materials (Canada, Britain, Australia and the United States) and uncatalogued pamphlets (some in German) pertaining mainly to Britain's participation in World War II. The collection is supplemented by books which have been catalogued for Archives and Research Collections, including a full set of the British Official History of the War, unit and regimental histories, biographies and autobiographies, and volumes on the various battles and operations of the British forces. There is also a poster collection which contains one photograph (#C24).

Military collection

  • RC0380
  • Coleção
  • 1863-1973

There have been three accruals. The first accrual consists mainly of World War I and II materials, although there are materials from the American Civil War and Vietnam. It includes Christmas cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, photographs, and periodicals. Although mainly Canadian and British, other nationalities are represented. The second accrual consists of a few World War I and II items, 3 pennants, a swagger stick, a print and other items, including NORAD materials and photographs. The third accrual consists of photographs, advertising in support of the military, cards and other printed materials, and realia, all from the twentieth century. The fourth accrual is menu in the style of a fan for the Queen's Own Rifles 1912 dinner.

Eric Aldwinckle collection

  • RC0385
  • Coleção
  • 1943-1945

The collection (18-2001) consists of correspondence mainly from Aldwinckle to Somers, poetry, pen and ink sketches and drawings, and one water-colour.

Aldwinckle, Eric

William Windridge collection

  • RC0548
  • Coleção
  • 1918-2004

The collection consists of Windridge’s war medals and various military and civilian pins and badges, various service records and discharge papers and a couple of photographs. Included is a matchbox, with a holder made by Windridge with a small Scottie dog figurine, which must have been a good luck charm for him. There is also correspondence mostly from Windridge and his wife to his daughter during the period of the Second World War.

Windridge, William Eric

Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division collection

  • RC0777
  • Coleção
  • 1944-1945

The collection contains photographs taken at the Prince of Wales Barracks, Kingsway and the W.D. Barracks in Edmonton; an aircraft display, Edmonton Station, May 1945 (B24 Liberator, Super Fortress, Flying Fortress); and the visit to Edmonton by Princess Alice, Honorary Air Commander of the Women’s Division, and her husband, the Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of Canada, 3 May 1945 (the photographs do not show the couple). There are other photographs of the Gremlins Basketball Team, 1944-45 and aircraft and personnel at Jasper, Alberta. There are also photographs of St. George’s Island Zoo, Calgary; Vancouver, B.C.; as well as weddings and other gatherings. Found loose with the album are photographs of an unidentified parade, a formal group military photograph and other photographs and news clippings.

Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division

Trenton Air Station hospital collection

  • RC0792
  • Coleção
  • 1942

The album was compiled by someone stationed at Trenton, presumably a nurse, because the b&w photographs are predominantly of nurses on and off duty. There are two group photographs both taken on 9 July 1942 of hospital staff – one contains men in military uniform only, the other of men in military uniform and women in nursing uniforms. Only two album pages contain captions: one is of nursing orderlies, the other of “one hot night in June 1942 on the back porch”. All of the photographs were taken at Trenton except for a photograph of two nurses at Emerald Lake Chalet in the Canadian Rockies. There is one photograph of all personnel on the parade ground – possibly for a BCATP graduation ceremony.

Trenton Air Station Hospital

World War, 1939-1945 poster collection

  • RC0840
  • Coleção
  • 1939-1945

This collection contains posters issued by Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The posters have been numbered sequentially with prefixes of A, C, B, and U. Facsimiles and duplicates are noted in the finding aid. Subject matter varies: recruitment, Victory Bonds, activities on the Home Front to aid and protect the troops, gas attacks and bombs, ARP. Although this is mainly a collection of posters, there is one photograph (C24) and one calendar (C21).

Lloyd J. Montgomery diary

  • RC0589
  • Coleção
  • 1945

The collection contains a diary. Included with the diary is a small black and white photograph, presumably of Montgomery. There is also some background information on the HMCS Iroquois, the Murmansk run, and a hand-written transcript of the diary’s contents.

Montgomery, Lloyd J.

Lucy Benevides collection

  • RC0613
  • Coleção
  • 1942-1967

The collection appears not to contain any materials relating to Benevides in World War II. There is a newspaper clipping containing a photograph of her and other Flight Officers in Metz; four group photographs with no date or location noted; an invitation to a base handover ceremony in 1967; a semaphore sheet with Benevides name written on the top; 3 desk signs. The remainder of the collection bears no obvious connection to Benevides. The majority of it is Air Force related however. It includes a photograph and programme for National Air Force Day in Rockcliffe in 1964; a photograph taken at the Officers’ Mess in Downsview in October 1943; photographs of air force personnel and airplanes including a jet; a Christmas card sent from the 3rd Wing, RCAF Station Zweibrücken; military sports day programs and crest, 1945; and other items. Not Air Force related: photograph of officers in the Elgin Regiment in Britain, 1943; photograph of four officers, one with his wife at a garden party in August 1942 (Major H. Duff. Lt. and Mrs. J. Lang, Lt. Col. Archibald).

Benevides, Lucy

Niagara region photograph collection

  • RC0859
  • Coleção
  • 1938-1945

Several of the photographs document young men who served in World War II. They include an unidentified soldier in front of a 2nd/10th Dragoons vehicle. This regiment was based in St. Catharines as well as Hamilton and Brantford and did not serve overseas. There are five photographs taken by a soldier who built bailey bridges over the Aller and Weser rivers, who was a member of the 147 football team, and who was photographed in a former P.O.W. camp with a Nazi swastika near Onasbrück, Germany. The versos of all these photographs have descriptions of the events depicted. There are three photographs of Matt Wilkinson whose trade in the army was that of a blacksmith. There is also a postcard photograph of the Ravens Hotel in Schleswig, Germany where he was billeted. Also in the album are a group of news clippings about Flying Officer Alexander Jamieson Muir (1920-1944) who served in the 626 Squadron. There are no identified photographs of him in the album, although there are ones of Jack and Don Muir, presumably his cousins. There are two pages photographs of the Victoria Rifles Company in May 1944. A Montreal regiment, it embarked for Great Britain on 20 November 1944. Its Niagara connection is unclear. Also in the album are family, wedding, vacation photographs of Wasaga Beach as well as photographs of various locales in the Niagara region.

John Lavery Tibbs photograph collection

  • RC0564
  • Coleção
  • 1943-1945

This collection is the personal photographs and material Tibbs collected during the war. It consists of one large scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, clippings, money, and other ephemera and sixteen small snapshot albums. The snapshot albums feature soldiers at rest, European cities and damage done to them, as well as planes, ships, and other sites. It covers the trip from England to the Continent through to the conclusion of the war and finally to his return to Halifax.

Tibbs, John Lavery