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The Great Depression

This selection of approximately 100 images provides a sample of the collections related to the world-wide economic crisis of the 1930s. It documents some of the negative effects of the depression in Canada, including unemployment, bankruptcies, misfortune and poverty, as well as the measures taken to remedy them.

Profile:

  • Key figures and political parties, notably Richard B. Bennett, Conservative Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935;
  • Images of poverty in cities and rural areas, and emergency relief provided to the people;
  • Cartoons examining the political and economic situation.

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Unemployed men sleeping on park benches, Montreal, QC, about 1935 (MP-1988.59.61)

Photograph
Unemployed men sleeping on park benches, Montreal, QC, about 1935
Frank Randall Clarke
About 1935, 20th century
MP-1988.59.61

Mr. Richard B. Bennett, drawing by Mattew, copied for Mr. Bennett, 1935 (VIEW-25900)

Photograph
Mr. Richard B. Bennett, drawing by Mattew, copied for Mr. Bennett, 1935
Wm. Notman & Son
1935, 20th century
VIEW-25900

Blessed Event. (M965.199.4185)

Drawing, cartoon
Blessed Event.
John Collins
1938-1939, 20th century
M965.199.4185