Sunday February 6, 1916

Today, is a series of poignant images of children available for adoption, commissioned by the Toronto Board of Public Health in 1916.

As the war progressed the number of  orphaned and abandoned children would grow in the City. By 1919, the double scourge of war and influenza would rob many children of both their parents, either killing them or rendering them incapable of their care. By 1925, the Soldiers’ Aid Commission, Child Welfare Branch would be sending Toronto’s orphans to a camp called “Vimy Ridge” near Guelph Ontario. The film from 1925 that follows the gallery below promotes the adoption of children orphaned by World War One.


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