During the Second World War, Amy Cosh (1902-1967), a Bobcaygeon librarian, requested a photo from Bobcaygeon residents serving in the War. She assembled these photos in a scrapbook along with newspaper clippings about the war effort.
This digital Collection consists of scans of the scrapbook, containing 188 photographs and newspaper clippings of soldiers from Bobcaygeon, Ontario who served in WWII, and is presented in the order and condition of the scrapbook as it was found at the Bobcaygeon library when it was digitized in 2014. See below for more information about the collection.
About this Exhibit
On the following pages you will find the scanned pages of Amy Cosh's collection along with individual scans of some of the items from each page.
Use the list of pages on the left to view the collection, or use the Next Page (and Previous Page) link at the top and bottom of each page.
To view/search the scrapbook pages only: Amy Cosh Scrapbook
To view/search the individual clippings/photographs only: Amy Cosh Collection (Bobcaygeon)
For more information about each item in this exhibit, click on "Details" found in the caption for each image.
History of the Collection Post WWII
The collection was found in the Bobcaygeon library in the 1970s by Ruth Ewell. She was given the scrapbook to repair and each year she would show the scrapbook at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Ruth Ewell retained the scrapbook until 2005 when she donated it to Trent University Archives. The Archives retain the original, but made a copy for Ruth Ewell to take back to the library.
The photographs from the Cosh Collection were also used in the creation of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 239's 60th Anniversary book, created in 1992. It is included here at the end of the Cosh scrapbook.
Additionally, in 1979 a black and white copy of Cosh's Collection was printed and bound by the Lake Ontario Regional Library. The order of the pages and items differs from the scrapbook presented to Trent University Archives. When the scrapbook was digitized in 2014, it was found the pages and items differed from both the 1979 version and the version with Trent University Archives.
At some point the pages were marked with green and red pencil. These markings do not appear on the 1979 version. Otherwise, the notations on the pages are Amy's.
Because the order of the pages and the items included changed over the years, it has become necessary to find a clear way to refer to the different versions.
The 1979 black and white edition is referred to as the First Edition.
The 2005 scrapbook with original pages is referred to as the Second Edition.
The 2014 scanned pages now digitized here is referred to as the Third Edition.