World War II Original British Picto Map depicting Canada and Newfoundland Labrador
CANADA and NEWFOUNDLAND, Their Natural and Industrial Resources
This rare and original colour lithograph poster map: CANADA and NEWFOUNDLAND, Their Natural and Industrial Resources was designed by McDonald Gill in 1942 and issued by the Ministry of Information between 1942 and 1945. This pictograph map was intended to promote the war supply efforts of Canada and Newfoundland to the people of Great Britain. The text in the lower left tells of “all the enormous material resources of Canada and Newfoundland have been [ledged, voluntarily and wholeheartedly for the battle against the Axis”. It’s a terrific pictorial map with the Canadian coat of arms positioned in the upper right and a map of Canada and Newfoundland, with important areas of industry, agriculture, mining and manufacturing illustrated with small drawings and explained with text boxes and a key to the symbols used. If you are a Canadian you will understand the significance of the titling, Canada and Newfoundland as Newfoundland did not become a province of Canada until March 1949. What a wonderful and rare find by Britain’s famed Leslie MacDonald Gill a gifted architect-cartographer and graphic artist. (signed lower left corner. McDonald was the revered cartographer of pictorial maps such as the iconic 1924 “WonderGround” map he designed for the London Underground. He was also the designer of the standard upper-case lettering used on headstones and memorials as commissioned by the Imperial War Graves Commission. Original lithographs of this map can be found in England’s’ Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections; it’s a great, rare find!
This map is in mint condition except for a bit of tack wear at the corners from when it was displayed during World War II. The light folds are original to how maps were issued, and this one, stored for the past seventy plus years. The folds are easily pressed out and a frame would hide the corner marks. It measures as Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 76.6 cm.Call 705-888-0242 or email me at