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North Bay, Ontario Military History: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Patriotic Silk Postcard Have a seat and relax! Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - are welcome.


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Canadian World War II Military Efforts Below are five vintage postcards related to Canada’s World War II military efforts. The first view, dated 26 June 1941, shows soldiers from N.P.A.M. (Non-Permanent Active Militia) Camp No. 22 in a parade in front of St. Andrew’s. The second post card, showing a light dusting of snow indicative of late spring or early fall, shows the soldiers on parade on an unknown street. A billboard advertises Westinghouse Mazda lamps. To the right of a large lightbulb, the text reads: “Serve by Saving. Better lamps.” The bottom of the billboard says “War Savings Stamps.” (From 1909 until 1945, Mazda was a General Electric trademark. In 1945, G.E. dropped the trademark and ceased licensing the name.) The third image is of a low-slung series of NPAM barracks. NPAM’s function was to prepare recruits for further training in the active army. The site of the camp is now the Major Leo Troy Armouries, an obsolete Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) office, two homes for the elderly, Chippewa Secondary School and some residential and park land. Speaking of Chippewa Secondary School, many thanks to Bill Alexander of Chippewa Secondary for providing information as to the purpose and location of the No. 22 Training Center. No. 22 was also known as Chippewa Barracks, or Fort Chippewa, and was distinguished by the fact that it had no stockade, as forts usually do. The postcard second from the right shows one of Camp 22’s dining halls, while the image at far right shows several of the camp’s buildings and some c. 1930s to 1940s cars.

North Bay NPAM Camp Parade 1 North Bay NPAM Camp Parade 2 North Bay NPAM Barracks North Bay NPAM Mess Hall North Bay NPAM Overview
North Bay CABTC Barracks

The 1944 view to the left also shows barracks and is captioned as the “interior of one of the huts, C.A.R.T.C., North Bay.” The only heat appears to be from the wood or coal-burning stove in the back of the room. C.A.R.T.C. was an acronym for Canadian Army Reserve Training Corps. To the right is an image of trainees drilling on a snowy day at CARTC (NPAM) No. 22.

North Bay CABTC Drill

Read about Mattawa military history, Sundridge military history, Alderdale military history, or return to the main North Bay page.

North Bay, Bacon for Britain Tall Tale Postcard

Part of the World War II efforts included an agricultural campaign called “Bacon for Britain.” A North Bay example, in the form of a “tall tale” or exaggeration real-photo postcard, is seen to the left. Tall-tale postcards which have a political overtone are uncommon. More information about the tall tale genre can be found below. The “Bacon for Britain” efforts originated with the Canadian Swine Breeders Association and was further publicized by Harry William Hays, P.C. (1909-1982), a Canadian politician and Minister of Agriculture under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Born in Carstairs, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Hays (right) was a rancher and auctioneer before becoming mayor of Calgary. Bacon for Britain was one of Canada’s most important contributions to the war effort; altogether from 1940 to 1945, 3.5 billion pounds of pork, mostly bacon, was shipped to Britain, to German-occupied Denmark and to troops in the field. At the same time, the campaign provided better farm incomes on the home front.

Harry William Hays, Minister of Agriculture

Patriotic Silk Postcard From the time of the 1884 Nile Expedition when Britain tried (and failed) to rescue a general stranded in Khartoum, North Bay area residents have loyally served the cause. At least two area residents participated in that expedition, with others serving in the Boer War of 1899-1902. Almost 2,400 area residents fought in World War I. The embroidered silk postcard to the left saying “Honneur au Canada,” loosely translated as “Honor to Canada,” dates to 1915. (Learn more about silk postards on the postcard history page, in the postcard history section.) To honor these veterans, plans for a war memorial were undertaken in 1918 which would eventually lead to the purchase of land in the Normal School block and unveiling of the War Memorial in late 1922, with dedication by Henry Cockshutt, later a mayor of Toronto.

School children voted on the form the monument was to take. The sculpture, depicting a Canadian soldier with a laurel wreath in his right hand and a bowed head, was an all-Canadian undertaking. The sculptor was C. D. McKenzie of Toronto, and the contractors were Andrew Craig of North Bay and the McIntosh Granite Co. of Toronto. It cost $15,500 and was the largest cast bronze statue in the country. On 11 November 1922, North Bay celebrated its first Armistice Day in the new park, officially named Memorial Park during the 1923 Armistice Day ceremonies. In the c. 1922-1923 image below and to the left, published by Pugh, one can see a gazebo and cannon. Senator George Gordon, who lived at the corner of Murray and Copeland Sts., donated trees and sidewalks for the park in Summer 1923.

North Bay Memorial Park 1 North Bay Memorial Park 2 North Bay Memorial Park 3

Over 7,000 more area residents served in World War II, and more than 175 served in the Korean War and other military undertakings. Their names are inscribed on the North Bay and Area Wall of Honour in Memorial Park, which was dedicated on 12 November 2000 and is Canada’s largest municipal memorial, containing 14 granite panels which are each seven feet in height and weigh several tons each.

See our aviation history page for related content. These old postcards from the Nipissing District are shown for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our digital virtual museum, feel free to do so. You might also enjoy visits to our Alderdale, Bear Island, Bonfield and Rutherglen, Callander and Corbeil, Commanda, Dokis, Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), Lavigne and Verner, Marten River, Monetville and Noëlville, Nipissing Village and Restoule, North Bay, Powassan and Trout Creek, South River, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Temagami, Tilden Lake, Tomiko, Trout Lake and Trout Mills pages. Enjoy the story of Frederic Remington’s moose hunting trip near Mattawa, over 100 years ago, or see an Orangemen Parade from the 1880s. We also have a collection of rare New Ontario Brewery artifacts.


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