Category Archives: Made by PoW

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German prisoner of war woodcraft showing anti-aircraft symbol

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Mr. Henderson’s notes: Carved from “Apple Box Wood” (Pine), this wall hanger represents a Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge.  Note that the PoW was obliged to remove the Swastika symbol normally clutched in the eagle’s claws, though the outline remains.

Model schooner in an ink bottle

Mr. Henderson’s notes:

Because bottled ink for fountain pens was widely used, the ink bottle was a common bottle during the war years, readily acquired by PoW – in this case, the bottle became a location to secure a three masted schooner model.

Ship in an ink bottle, made by a prisoner of war (Henderson Homefront Collection)

Ship in an ink bottle, made by a prisoner of war (Henderson Homefront Collection)

 

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PoW photo album from Riding Mountain Provincial Park, Manitoba

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Mr. Henderson’s notes: This photo album was acquired from a man who had worked with the PoW in Manitoba.  Regretfully, the historic photographs enclosed in the album were removed and presumably destroyed. The patience used to collect, cut, organize and produce … Continue reading

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Picture frame made by a German PoW Heinrich PANZ or PENNS

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This carved wooden photo frame has identifying information carved and written right on it, and there is a typed label as well. Carved on the front: 1939 – 1940; Kananaskis; Seebe Alberta; Camp Written on the back: Heinrich Panz; Waldheim, … Continue reading

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Decorated wooden box made by prisoner at Medicine Hat Camp 132

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Six views of a wooden box made by a German prisoner of war at the Medicine Hat Camp 132, dated 1945. The drawings resemble cartoons as seen on PoW YMCA postcards.

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Small model schooner in glass box

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Mr. Henderson’s Notes: Research required, but this model schooner looks like it came from a U-110 survivor, with the sub having a significant history.  Requires more research, but has exciting possibilities. Only 7 inches wide and 3 3/4 inches tall; … Continue reading

Item 455: Wood Carving of a PoW Dressed in a Navy Pea Jacket

Item 455: Wood carving of a PoW dressed in a navy pea jacket with red PoW patch, trousers and cap

DESCRIPTION:   Wood carving of a PoW dressed in a navy blue pea jacket having the distinctive circular red PoW patch on the back, trousers with a red stripe down one side, work boots, and a cap.  Arms at his side.  On a wooden base with P.O.W. on one side, No.14259 on the opposite side.
The number represents the owner’s number, not the carver!
14 cm tall. Base is 6 X 6 cm. The base at the feet is broken on all four sides.
Four photos showing different views.
From the Henderson Homefront Collection

A primitive style wooden carving of a man dressed in navy pea-jacket and cap, mounted on a block of wood, recognizably a piece of folk art with discernible details (cap,boots, trousers, jacket)

Item 455, View 1 of 4, Wooden carving of a German prisoner of war held in Canada during the Second World War. seen from front. (Photo credit R. H. Henderson)

Item 455 View 2 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy coat, right side (Photo credit R J Henderson)

Item 455 View 2 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy jacket (Photo credit R J Henderson)

Item 455 View 3 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy coat seen from the back. Large red circle on back of jacket

Item 455 View 3 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy jacket, seen from back (Photo credit R J Henderson)

Item 455 View 4 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy jacket seen from the left side (Photo credit R J Henderson)

Item 455 View 4 of 4 Wooden carving of a PoW in navy jacket (Photo credit R J Henderson)

 

Item 456 C: Ship in Bottle

Item 456 C

Description: PoW-made 3-mast sailing vessel in bottle, facing right. Octagon-shaped bottle.

From the Henderson Homefront Collection

Clear glass bottle lying on its side, mouth to the right. Inside is a sailing ship with 3 masts in full sail, a village behind.

Item 456 C, a ship in a bottle. (Photo by R J Henderson, Bottle from Henderson Homefront Collection)

Item 456 B: Ship in Bottle, Marked Shilo, Manitoba

Item 456 B

Description: PoW-made 3-mast sailing ship in full sail facing right in a 14-cm  bottle.  Village to the left back side.  Bottle marked “Shilo, Mani–ba”.

From the Henderson Homefront Collection

A sailing ship in a bottle with blue background. Red script with letters missing says "Shilo, Manitoba"

Item 456 B - Ship in Bottle, script saying Shilo, Manitoba (letters missing). Henderson Collection.

Item 456 A: Ship in bottle with U-boat, sailing ship, village, lighthouse, and Canadian plane

Ship in a bottle, with two unusual features. The U-Boat is a very rare feature in this type of art, and the airplane on the wire shows the quality of the workmanship.

Description: The surfaced U-9 German Submarine and a 3-mast sailing vessel under full sail facing left.  A Canadian airplane showing roundels flying separately above the U-Boat. Lighthouse and village in background. Has a 2 cm paint flake to the right side.

From Henderson Homefront Collection

Three-masted sailing ship in full sail, in a bottle, with a blue background, a village, Canadian airplane, surfaced U-boat

Item 456 A – Ship in Bottle with U-Boat and Canadian Airplane (Henderson Collection)

Details of ship in bottle with sailing ship, U-boat, airplane, village all visible

Item 456 A 02 - Ship in Bottle - Detail (Henderson Collection)