Montreal played an important role during WWII, many industries switched their focus to the war effort. RCA Victor and Northern Electric manufactured portable radios and transmitters. Merck Chemical produced vials of penicillin. General Steel produced smoke generators. Women played an important role, taking the place of men on the factory floor. The National Film Board of Canada: War Records- Manufacturing (WRM) Series is a unique collection of war time photographs of Manufacturing across Canada.
Here are some photographs of several industries in Saint-Henri, Little Burgundy, and Pointe-Saint Charles.
Woman inspector examines part of a 4-inch naval gun at the National Railways Munitions Ltd. plant. 1943. Credit: NFB and Library Archives Canada. Map It in Google Maps
Female worker Florence Paille of Montreal, Quebec, piling the completed smoke generator containers in the General Steelwares plant. 1944. Credit: NFB and Library Archives Canada. Map it in Google Maps.
Workman Eugen Brouillette operates a large seam moulder to shape metal case of smoke generators at the General Steelwares Ltd. plant. 1944. Credit: National Film Board & Library Archives Canada. Map it in Google Maps
Male chief tester William Sellwood (left) and Corporal Clarke of Driver, Sasketchewan, tests a fighter transmitter-receiver at the RCA Victor plant. 1944. Credit: National Film Board & Library Archives Canada. Map it in Google Maps.
Women workers assembling radio transformers at the Northern Electric Company. 1944. Credit: National Film Board & Library Archives Canada. Map it in Google Maps.
To learn more go to: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/war-industry/index-e.html