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Remembrance Day: 21 Propaganda Posters That Rallied Canadians In Wartime

11/10/2014 05:29 EST | Updated 11/10/2014 05:59 EST

In times of war, the Canadian government has rallied the public to support its fights.

Wartime posters have served various purposes — they have urged people to enlist, to give money, and honour the sacrifices that soldiers have made overseas.

Library and Archives Canada has an online collection of these posters and here's a look a selection that show the power of a stirring slogan or moving image.

Some have been used for recruitment.

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TRANSLATION: Come on, men, the army is waiting for you.

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Others have stressed that there is more to do than carry a gun during wartime.

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They have emphasized the need for secrecy.

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TRANSLATION: Be careful. Revealing information helps the enemy. Be quiet!

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And for moderating wartime consumption.

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TRANSLATION: Save coal.

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TRANSLATION: It's wartime, only buy what you need.

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They have asked people to give money.

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TRANSLATION: Give us the tools and we will finish the job. We must finish it! Buy victory bonds!

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And they have stressed hard work.

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They have used humour.

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TRANSLATION: Fight him by working hard.

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They have used powerful visuals to fight ethnic tension.

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And others have touched people's hearts.

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They have been frightening ...

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But they have also roused the public.

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This poster in French told of how Capt. Fred Slocombe braved submarines and dive-bombers to deliver an icebreaker to the U.S.S.R.

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And their power cannot be denied.

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Lest we forget.

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