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Famous 1940s War Photo Commemorated with Coin, Stamp

October 17, 2014 10:23 AM | News

Wait For Me Daddy


The Royal Canadian Mint is launching new $2 circulation coins featuring the famous “Wait for Me Daddy” photograph.

Made notable in 1940, the photo symbolizes the experience of Canadians during the Second World War.

The photograph by Claude P. Dettloff was shot October 1, 1940 of the British Columbia Regiment marching down Eighth Street at the Columbia Avenue intersection in New Westminster.

The coins are being launched ahead of Remembrance Day nationwide. Winnipeg coin collectors can exchange their currency today and Saturday at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutique at 520 Lagimodiere Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Canada Post has also come out with a commemorative stamp featuring the photograph, accented with poppies.

“The ‘Wait for Me Daddy’ stamp serves as a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of Canadian families who watched people they loved leave home to serve their country,” said Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post in a statement.