I’ve decided to continue the theme of Canada at War throughout this week in honour of Remembrance Day.  Today its something a little different.  From the Nova Scotia Archives, I present to you a cook book supplement published in  The Halifax Herald and The Halifax Mail on 10 April 1945.  According to the Archives, “This supplement was compiled from more than 8000 recipes submitted to the newspapers’ contest. Entries were received from more than 300 communities in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.”


It may be found here in its entirety.  It includes such wartime measures such as various ways to ‘stretch’ butter, ways to cook less expensive cuts of meat, and how to make a roast last for several meals.


This is a newspaper supplement so it also shows many advertisements which are so evocative of the time.  An ad for O’Malley’s Fine Bread states that  bread is “one war-time food that’s plentiful and economical.”


Another, for Gruen “Precision Watches“, states that since most of their machinery has been turned over to the production of “Precision Instruments for war,” it’s selection of watches is limited, so “make your selection early.”


This ad for S.P. Zive and Son Ltd.  “Furnishers of Happy Homes” on Barrington St, offers to help you furnish “the home that will compensate for the hours, days and weeks spent in fox-holes, in the filth and cold and for the long, tiresome drive so necessary to the conquest of Hitler and all he stands for.”

I live in a neighbourhood full of such houses, all built during the boom-time  just after the war, for young men and women starting lives that many of them feared they would never get to live.  Many of these homes look remarkably like the one in the picture.

Still more ads point to life (and even luxury) after the war.  This ad for Kay’s department store offers a discount to discharged service men and women (and their families) “to assist service personnel in rehabilitation to civilian life.”

One for fancy silverware from Birk’s states that such lovely place settings will be available again after the war, and that “it is worth waiting for.”


And since this is a cook book, I will end with this great picture  of a WRCNS (Wren) Cook from December 1944.  Frankly, I think the guy on the left is interested in more than her pies…


Last minute edit:  I just found this fascinating document as well, all about Nova Scotia’s natural resources and industrial capacity and how it benefits the war effort – check it out!