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Militiamen raising the May pole in front of their captain’s house

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The tradition of raising the May pole in front of the Militia captain's house, which began in the era of New France, went on in French Canada until the middle of the 19th century.

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A game of lacrosse

Type: Image

Amerindians playing a game of lacrosse just as they would have been at at Fort Michilimackinac, in June 1763, a few seconds before they attacked the British garrison.

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Soldiers playing cards, 1630s

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Wherever they were from, soldiers would often be found playing cards, whether in an inn as shown, or in the field using a drum as a card table. Gambling was often part of the game. Soldiers in Canada were no different than anywhere else although they would not have worn the boots with spurs seen in this illustration of soldiers in France.

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Soldier's canteen, 1847

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The canteens were an attempt to better control drinking and alcoholism, a scourge in the British army, but this had limited success as seen in this print from the 'Illustrated London News,' 20 March 1847.

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Infantry officer and ‘gentleman to the ladies’, 1873

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For all the flirting, there were few marriages. Only one officer in four married. This is an 1873 caricature by Captain Seccombe

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Officers in the mess, circa 1850

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The regimental officers' mess was something of a social centre and a military version of a private gentlemen’s club. By pooling their resources together, the officers could thus indulge in some of life's small luxuries such as good wines and pleasant surroundings.

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Game of cards, France, summer 1944

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Troopers of the 29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (The South Alberta Regiment) enjoy a game of cards in front of their camouflaged Sherman tank, France, summer 1944. (Canadian Department of National Defence, ZK-874-2)

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