Canadian World War I Posters Gallery

01
of 18

Send More Men - Canadian World War I Poster

Send More Men WWI Poster
Send More Men - Won't You Answer the Call World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-131498

Pictures of Canadian War Posters from World War I

In World War I colour posters were used as an affordable means of mass communication by governments on both sides of the war.

The Canadian government produced many posters for recruitment drives, for fund raising through Victory Bonds, and to encourage the increase in production required to change the Canadian economy to support a war. Canadian war posters were produced at printing companies in Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton, in production runs ranging from the hundreds to 65,000. War posters were put up in just about any public place where people gathered.

In World War I, Canadian war posters were modeled on those in Britain, although they also targeted specific cultural groups, including French Canadians, the Irish and Scots. The war posters were often heavy on text with fairly passive images, although the imagery used on Canadian World War I war posters tended to get more dramatic as the war progressed and casualties mounted.

The Send More Men poster from World War I uses the image of a soldier in the woods on a field radio to encourage enlistment.

02
of 18

Doing My Bit - Canadian World War I Poster

Doing My Bit WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
Doing My Bit World War I Poster for Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-055112

The Canadian Doing My Bit poster from World War I uses the image of a soldier in highland dress to sell Victory Bonds.

03
of 18

Back Him Up - Canadian World War I Poster

Back Him Up WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
Back Him Up World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-097750

The Back Him Up poster from World War I uses the image of a soldier's back to sell Canadian Victory Bonds.

04
of 18

They Serve France - How Can I Serve Canada? - Canadian World War I Poster

They Serve France WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
They Serve France World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-055113

This Canadian war poster from World War I uses the image of French women pulling a plough to sell Canadian Victory Bonds.

05
of 18

Be Yours to Hold it High - Canadian World War I Poster

Be Yours to Hold it High WWI Poster
Be Yours to Hold it High World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-148888

This Canadian war poster from World War I is based on the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.

06
of 18

Carry On! - Canadian World War I Poster

Carry On WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
Carry On World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-005792

This Canadian war poster for Victory Bonds uses Edith Cavell, the sinking of the Lusitania and Llandovery Castle, and the destruction of Louvain as motivators.

07
of 18

Keep All Canadians Busy - Canadian World War I Poster

Keep All Canadians Busy WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
Keep All Canadians Busy World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-057358

The Keep All Canadians Busy poster from World War I uses the symbol of a beaver to sell Canadian Victory Bonds.

08
of 18

Nothing Doing Without Victory Bonds - Canadian World War I Poster

Nothing Doing Without Victory Bonds WWI Poster
Nothing Doing Without Victory Bonds Canadian World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-097747

The Nothing Doing Without Victory Bonds poster from World War I uses the image of a closed up factory to sell Canadian Victory Bonds.

09
of 18

For Industrial Expansion Buy Victory Bonds - Canadian World War I Poster

Industrial Expansion WWI Poster for Victory Bonds
Industrial Expansion World War I Poster for Canadian Victory Bonds. Library and Archives Canada C-119446

The Industrial Expansion poster from World War I uses bright colours with a modern design and muscular workers to sell Canadian Victory Bonds.

10
of 18

Waste Not Want Not - Canadian World War I Poster

Waste Not Want Not World War I Poster
Waste Not Want Not World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-095282

The Waste Not Want Not poster from World War I was published by the Canada Food Board to encourage Canadian women to preserve perishable foods.

11
of 18

Your Chums Are Fighting - Why Aren't You? - Canadian World War I Poster

Your Chums Are Fighting World War I Poster
Your Chums Are Fighting World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-147822

The Your Chums Are Fighting poster from World War I was a patriotic call to arms.

12
of 18

Enlist! - New Names in Canadian History - World War I Poster

New Names in Canadian History WWI Poster
New Names in Canadian History World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-029568

The New Names in Canadian History poster from World War I invokes the Battles of Langemarche, St. Julien, Festubert and Givenchy to encourage men to enlist.

13
of 18

Go! - Join Today - Canadian World War I Poster

Go - Join Today World War I Poster
Go - Join Today World War I Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-095746

The Go - Join Today poster from World War I uses the image of a mother sending her son to do his duty and join up.

14
of 18

Black Watch - Canadian World War I Recruitment Poster

WWI Recruitment Poster Black Watch
WWI Recruitment Poster for the Black Watch. Library and Archives Canada C-095391

This World War I recruitment poster calls for men to reinforce the Black Watch.

15
of 18

Irish Canadian Rangers - World War I Recruitment Poster

WWI Recruitment Poster Irish Canadian Rangers
WWI Recruitment Poster for the Irish Canadian Rangers. Library and Archives Canada C-148324

This World War I recruitment poster calls for men to join the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion.

16
of 18

Canadiens - C'est le moment d'agir - Canadian World War I Recruitment Poster

WWI Recruitment Poster Aimed at French-Canadians
Canadiens - C'est le moment d'agir - WWI Recruitment Poster Aimed at French-Canadians. Library and Archives Canada C-095269

This World War I recruitment poster aimed at French-Canadians uses a dramatic picture of a German soldier who has just shot a woman and child to make its point.

17
of 18

Dollard des Ormeaux - Canadian World War I Recruitment Poster

Dollard des Ormeaux World War I Recruitment Poster
Dollard des Ormeaux - World War I Recruitment Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-093228

This Canadian WWI recruitment poster invokes the spirit of Dollard des Ormeaux who defended New France from the Iroquois in 1660.

18
of 18

230ième Voltigeurs Canadiens aux Armes - Canadian World War I Recruitment Poster

Voltigeurs Canadiens aux armes - WWI Recruitment Poster
Voltigeurs Canadiens aux Armes - WWI Recruitment Poster. Library and Archives Canada C-095378

This dramatic WWI recruitment poster harks back to the original Voltigeurs Canadiens who were heroes at the Battle of Châteauguay in the War of 1812.