Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

The Robert Simpson Company

Simpson's War Bonds
“Color Photo Karsh Ottawa”

During wartime, Canadian retailers did their best to support the war effort at home by selling war bonds and supporting enlisted staff. “Of a total of 1,703 Simpsons employees who enlisted for military duty, 85 were killed in action, and only 583 returned to work at Simpsons after the war.” (Read more on Hudson’s Bay History).

A hat tip to Instagram user vanwartime who is publishing imagery related to Vancouver, BC, during the World Wars and who shared this with us, asking if there is a record of the names of the subjects. We suggest contacting our colleagues at the Library and Archives for more information.

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Burton, President of the Robert Simpson Co. Ltd. and his wife, were also photographed in 1943.