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Children at a Time of War

The affects of war on children is often overlooked. The lives of most Alberta children were significantly altered and transformed by the events of the Second World War. The departure and death of loved ones, the disappearance of familiar goods and services and the implementation of new rules and regulations impacted Alberta’s youth to greater or lesser degrees. Life in Alberta was challenging as resources were directed to war production limiting the availability of many home comforts. The cultural products of the time that were created for children were one way of limiting the negative effects of war. Cadet training, war-related games and comic books highlighting the bravery of Canadian and allied soldiers and the nobility of sacrifice were part of the process of easing Canada’s youth into the business of warfare. Participation in activities such as salvage drives and war savings stamp collection helped instil a sense of patriotic duty. These activities helped children understand differing aspects of the war effort and made the long days of conflict to follow more bearable.

Comics Booklet Gum Card Passbook Youth
Game Babies Planes Truck Tank
Soldier/Baby Gas Suit Kids Ensemble Flying Ace Kids Army
Babydoll Visual Aid

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