100 Years Ago: Ad for Autostrop Razor, Penny Bag Collections Continue, Canadians in Mercantile Marine and Naval Services, Poster for Sailors’ Day

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Give your soldier this Military Razor. It was made especially for him. The AutoStrop Razor in its New Military Kit is the real soldier’s razor. Why?

Because it is compact and takes up so little room, because it is light and adds so little weight, because it is complete with its trench mirror all ready to be hung up on the nearest nail—but especially because it is the famous AutoStrop Razor, the only razor that is self-maintaining. It is the only razor that Sharpens its own blades Automatically.

Kits in two styles: Black or Khaki Leather. AutoStrop Safety Razor Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Penny Bag Collections for November. The interest in the Red Cross Penny Bag collections is, we are pleased to state, still increasing. …  Some of our patrons have expressed surprise at the apparent falling off of the collections in Murney Ward, while heretofore frequently the world held first place in its givings. We therefore feel that some explanation is due and the fact noted that Murney, or perhaps more correctly speaking, the west side of the river, is in reality giving more than double its former amount, though not through the channels of the original society—the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association.

Last spring a new organization for patriotic work was started on the west side. This society adopted the same means of collecting funds which had already been in use all over the city by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association for a year and a half, that of placing little bags for coppers in the various homes. Unfortunately this has led to a good deal of confusion, and some (we feel sure) unintentional misstatements and misunderstanding, the idea having been spread that the Red Cross Penny Bags are not being used now on the west side.

This is not so. We still desire to have every family in Belleville, whether east, west, north or south Belleville participate in our original plan and give what coppers can be spared for comforts, hospital supplies, and wool for socks, sent by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association to our brave soldiers at the front.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 9)

“Sailors’ Day Is Saturday, Dec. 8. If we are to have a mercantile marine in keeping with the important position among the nations Canada has won for herself of late, there must be men and materials upon which to build.

One of the functions of the Navy League is to encourage naval brigades for boys and young men in which they can receive practical and theoretical instruction in seamanship. This the League has done to an extent not generally appreciated. They have provided many men for the Navy and Mercantile Marine and have many others in training.

But other things are required if we are to help these pioneers in naval propaganda. The men they have provided to protect the High Seas and to carry our commerce must have an assurance that while they are facing the perils of the deep their needy dependents at home are not being neglected. …  Pension funds for the soldiers there are in abundance; the sailor is almost forgotten—yet his is the task that must first be accomplished before the final downfall of the Hun is assured.

It is known that the dependents of the crews of many torpedoed vessels are in dire necessity. Immediate relief is imperative. …  Calls without number have been made upon philanthropical Canadians, but there have been none more urgent than the one on behalf of the man at sea and his helpless dependents. Give liberally on Sailors’ Day, Saturday, Dec. 8th.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 10)

“ ‘Lend us a hand, Mate!’ Help the man who never quits—Sailors’ Day, Dec. 8.

Millions have been given to the Soldier—practically nothing to the Sailor—The Daughters of the Empire are assisting the Navy League by taking subscriptions on Sailors’ Day, December 8th.

Be Fair! Be Generous! Be Quick!”