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Trusses

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Daily Star:

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Wikipedia informs me that a truss was a surgical appliance used to provide support for patients suffering from a hernia. They are not used nowadays; apparently, they often made the problem worse. (Fun fact: 27% of males and 3% of females develop a groin hernia at some time in their life. Reassuringly, groin hernias that do not cause symptoms in males do not need to be repaired.)

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Mary Rose Thacker

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Star:

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Mary Rose Thacker (1922-1983) won the North American figure skating championships in 1939 and 1941, and won the Canadian championships in 1939, 1941, and 1942, after which skating competitions were suspended until the end of the Second World War. She went on to start a skating school in British Columbia.

The saddest part of this article is this line: “I regard my skating now as not exactly fun.”

The Winnipeg Free Press has a longer article about her, if you want to read more.

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Learn to swim

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Daily Star:

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Ernst Vierkoetter (1901-1967) has a Wikipedia entry in German but not in English! He swam the English Channel in 1926 (holding the speed record for 20 years), won the first CNE marathon swim in 1927, and then settled down in Toronto to a career as a swimming instructor. His nickname was “The Black Shark Of Germany”, which is a pretty cool nickname.

The Torontoist has a long article on the 1927 marathon swim, if you want to know more.

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King of pain

Here’s an ad from the August 25 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star.

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Not sure why they singled out baseball, but here we are. King of Pain!

Wikipedia has an entry on Minard’s Liniment. The liniment was apparently created in Hants County, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s by Dr. Levi “The King Of Pain” Minard. The active ingredients are camphor, ammonia water, and medical turpentine. Not to be taken internally.

A geocaching website has an article on Levi Minard. At the age of 52, he graduated from the Eclectic Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Flusho!

This is from the July 6 1944 Toronto Daily Star:

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That is a pretty good name for a toilet bowl cleaner, you have to admit.

Searches for Flusho, Flusho cleaner, and Flusho toilet bowl cleaner yielded nothing – it’s as if this brand never existed. Clearly, Flusho was, erm, flushed out of the market by Drano.

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Bird blamed for fire

Here’s another bit of filler from the August 25 1931 Toronto Daily Star:

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Those damned pyromaniac birds!

Elkader, Iowa, is southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul and northeast of Des Moines. Its current population (as of 2010) is 1273, down from 1465 in 2000. It was named after the Algerian leader Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri; when the town was founded in 1846, the founders wanted to honour him for resisting the French conquest of Algeria. Its sister city, appropriately enough, is Mascara, Algeria.

 

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It’s good, it’s very good

From reading old newspapers, I have learned something about the North American diet in the 1920s and 1930s: people weren’t eating enough roughage, so they were having trouble with constipation. Here’s an example from the August 25, 1931 Toronto Daily Star:

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It’s good, it’s very good! And, reassuringly, it acts only in the bowels, not in the stomach (or in the elbows).

A Google search yielded no references to Dr. Papillaud Laboratories, so I have no idea how long they were in existence. Dr. Papillaud and his wondrous pill appear to be lost to history.