For the duration of the war, hundreds of families and children moved across seas to be out of harms way from the destruction of World War II. The affectionate name "War Guests", was given to those who evacuated their home countries, but with the inference. that they would be returning to their homes once the war had concluded.
The War Guests that were photographed primarily consisted of those from the United Kingdom, but also included a few from France and Austria.
Toronto Telegram photographers captured a certain excitement and worry during time of arrival and departure. Many of the War Guests stayed within the downtown area of Toronto, but also stayed in municipalities part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and even other provinces as well.