Category Archives: Made by PoW

ITEM 366: Solid brass U-Boat model

 

ITEM 366:    SOLID BRASS U-BOAT MODEL

Item 366: Brass U-Boat, side view

DESCRIPTION: A solid brass U-Boat model made by a “trusted” PoW in the waning days of WW2. Because of war time rationing and restrictions, a piece of suitable brass of the size required to shape this item would have normally been difficult to acquire.

Item 366: Brass U-Boat, side view with scale

 

As part of the transition to being released into civilian life, the PoW were encouraged to take classes and to develop skills on machinery to help rebuild war-torn Europe.

 

21 X 3.5 X 2 cm

Item 366 02: Brass U-Boat, top view

From the Henderson Home Front Collection

Item 367: A book of drawings by prisoners of war in the Lethbridge, Alberta camp

ITEM 367: WOOD COVERS ON A BOOK OF PoW DRAWINGS RELATED TO LETHBRIDGE CAMP 133.

DESCRIPTION: Wood cover with a carved “Veterans Guard of Canada” curved band across the top. Below that a Green Maple Leaf. Below that in Red on a Navy Blue background “PoW Camp 133, Lethbridge”. 15.5 X 11 cm.

Apparently made for a Camp “Show and Sale” as allowed for the PoW to dispose of their handicraft to Camp employees and local citizens.

Inside cover has a area marked “Room for your foto!”.

Pages as follows:

  • Drawing of guard tower, 1940 – 1945. German translates to “10 original illustrations of the Prisoners of War”;
  • Camp scene showing buildings, Union Flag, grain elevators;
  • Character sketch of a VGC member;
  • Jeep with running dog outside the wire;
  • VGC members searching new PoW;
  • VGC member working in a timber camp;
  • Canadian Engineer “Ferrets” survey the compound for potential escape sites;
  • Character sketch of a VGC member in winter garb;
  • VGC Roll Call.;
  • Guard Tower; and
  • VGC member relaxes as PoW work on a farm.

Canadian Censor mark 27 on the inside back cover of the book.

 From the Henderson Homefront Collection

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ITEM 303: Picture, framed by a PoW, of a painting by Albrecht DUERER (1471 – 1528) of his father

Picture in frame

Item 303 002: Pow-made frame and reproduction of Duerer painting, front

Front.

White page with notes in pencil about Duerer paining

Item 303 003: Back of Duerer reproduction with notes, possibly by Dr. James HEMSTOCK

Back.

DESCRIPTION: Obtained in the Medicine Hat PoW camp by Canadian Dr. James HEMSTOCK, who served there in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps. Marked on the reverse “Reproduction of a painting in oil by Albrecht DUERER.” “DUERER’s father”.

37 x 47.5 CM.

From the Henderson Homefront Collection and Archives.

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Item 282: Wood marquetry picture and frame, “The Wolf’s Lair”, Hitler’s house at Berchtesgaden, by PoW Robert GRUBER

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This photo and information is from Mr. Henderson of the Henderson Homefront Archives & Collection. ITEM 282:  WOOD MARQUETRY PICTURE OF “THE WOLF’S LAIR” – HITLER’S HOUSE AT BERCHTESGADEN. DESCRIPTION:   Inlaid mahogany wood picture and frame made by PoW Robert … Continue reading

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Veterans Guard of Canada (VGC) Wooden Cigarette Case

From the Henderson Homefront Archives and Collection Wood cigarette case.  Front marked 1941, “Smoke with pleasure -” Cpl. Wilson, R, 13th Co., V.G.O.C. Reverse marked “Kananaskis” 13 Cm. X 8.5 Cm. X 2 Cm. Click on any picture to enlarge … Continue reading

Beware of fake ships in bottles

Advice from R.J. Henderson:
Re: PoW-made ship in a bottle. Viewers are reminded that not all ships in bottles are PoW-made. Among those to avoid any with a rope or metal band around it holding the bottle to the base.
There are fakes out there!