All up, Ribbentrop

The May 29 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this brief article on Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German ambassador to the United Kingdom between 1936 and 1938 and the Foreign Minister of Germany between 1938 and 1945:


Ribbentrop managed to evade his pursuers until June 14, when he was captured near Hamburg. He was tried at Nuremberg, and was executed on October 16, 1946 – the first Nazi to be executed. YouTube has footage of Ribbentrop’s trial and verdict.

As for the other men mentioned here:

  • I could find nothing on Philip Dehlen.
  • Ernst Wilhelm Bohle (1903-1960) was put on trial in 1947 and was sentenced to five years in prison in 1949 but was pardoned. After his pardon, he worked as a merchant in Hamburg.
  • Rudolf Blohm (1885-1979) has a Wikipedia page in German only. He was sentenced to prison for refusing to decommission his shipyards when the Allies demanded that he do so. After serving his sentence, he began expanding his business again in 1954, and retired in 1966.

Baby Rose Marie

The September 7 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had this ad for an in-person appearance:


Baby Rose Marie, later known as simply Rose Marie, started performing in 1926 at the age of three. At her peak as a child star, she had her own radio show, was a successful recording artist, and appeared in a number of movies. YouTube has a lot of footage and audio of Baby Rose Marie, including Don’t Be Like That (1929) and Take A Picture Of The Moon (1932).

As an adult, Rose Marie starred in several television series and touring plays, including the Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966. People who grew up in the 1970s will remember her as a regular on The Hollywood Squares. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 94.

International House (1933), mentioned in this ad, was basically a collection of comedy and musical acts tied together with a thin plot. Many famous stars of the day appeared in it besides Baby Rose Marie, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, Cab Calloway, W.C. Fields, and Peggy Hopkins Joyce (previously mentioned in this blog here). YouTube doesn’t have the complete movie (oh well), but it does have a trailer.

As for Morning Glory, also mentioned in this ad: it’s quite possible that Katharine Hepburn became a lot of people’s favourite star after they watched this movie, as she won an Academy Award for it.


Serial stories from 1933

The September 7 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star was running two separate serialized novels: Bawbee Jock by Amy McLaren, and Swell Garrick by Roy Vickers.



The Furrowed Middlebrow site has biographical data on Emily Louisa “Amy” McLaren (1859-1935), who was a Scottish novelist. Bawbee Jock was published in 1910, and was about a woman who marries a Scottish laird without telling him that she is wealthy (which I guess is understandable, since they didn’t have prenups in those days). Ms. McLaren also wrote, among others:

  • The Davos Balcony (1903), about a woman who finds love while taking care of her aunt in a Swiss sanitorium
  • With The Merry Austrians (1912)
  • The Bonnie Earl (1926)
  • Devil’s Paradise (1929)

Roy Vickers (1889-1965) was an English journalist and mystery writer who wrote approximately 70 novels between 1921 and 1959. Swell Garrick was originally published in 1933 under the pen name of “John Spencer”, so it would have been a bit confusing (and a bit of a giveaway) when this serial was published under his real name.


Points For Parents

Here’s another syndicated column that appeared in the September 7 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Edyth Thomas Wallace (1880-1975) was a syndicated columnist and hosted a radio show on radio station WKY in Oklahoma City. A book of her columns was published in 1946, but her column appears to have continued into the 1950s. She is a member of the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.


Gladys Glad on beauty

The September 7 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a syndicated column titled “Gladys Glad On Beauty”:


Gladys Glad (1907-1983) – apparently, that was her real name – appeared in a number of Ziegfeld revues. She married (and remarried) journalist and film producer Mark Hellinger.


Fanny By Gaslight

The May 29 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured an ad for the movie Fanny By Gaslight, the title of which might cause sniggers these days:


This movie ad is unusual because it looks like it was hand-written.

Fanny By Gaslight is a British film that was made in 1944. It was not released in the U.S. until 1948, as 17 minutes of it needed to be removed for it to meet the Motion Picture Production Code. When it was released there, it was called Man Of Evil, which would not have provoked sniggering.

YouTube has the entire movie here. Or, if you like, you can just watch the corset lacing scene.


Autumn Leaves

For years, the Toronto Daily Star ran a column on their editorial page called A Little Of Everything. This column included a daily poem.

I haven’t read many of the poems, but I assume that they vary widely in quality (I’m not a very good judge of poetry). One that I saw in the November 21 1952 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a melancholy quality, which matched the time of year that it was written:


Because the Toronto city directories allow me to do this sort of snooping, I looked up B. H. Warr. He appears in the 1952 directory as Bertram H. Warr, and he worked as a caretaker. A few years later, he moved to a different company, where he served as an elevator operator and then as a night caretaker.

There was also a Mary M. Warr at the same address; I have no idea whether this was his wife, his sister, his mother, or some other relative. She worked as a stenographer and later as a private secretary. She appears in the 1952 and 1957 directories (I checked every five years), but not in the 1962 directory.

B. H. Warr continued on, though – he appears to have retired sometime between 1962 and 1965, as the 1965 directory just lists his home address, not his occupation. He was in the 1969 directory, which is the last one that I have access to. So he had at least 17 years after he wrote this poem to enjoy the autumn leaves, as well as all the other seasons.


Sins Of The Fathers

Here’s an ad from the July 22 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star for a movie to which men and women were admitted separately:


Wikipedia has an entry for Sins Of The Fathers, which was a Canadian film about the effects of syphilis in a small town. The plot synopsis pulls no punches:

Ben Edwards is a crusading doctor who tries to pass a public health law, against the hypocritical opposition of the leaders of the community who profit from prostitution and slums. Finally the opponents find out that they themselves have syphilis and have transmitted it to their own children.

The movie apparently incorporated footage from educational films produced by the U.S. Public Health Service. It was a huge box-office success: Variety reported that there were four-block lineups to get into the Royal Alexandra.

A Google search for Leslie Hamilton, consulting sexologist, turned up nothing.

If you’re curious about the movie, you can download it from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s digital collections.


Hearing for the deaf in 1927

The May 21 1927 edition of the Toronto Globe contained two separate ads for products that claimed to allow the deaf to hear.

The first was what today we would call hardware-related:

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The Phonophor appears to have been manufactured by Siemens. In 1927, the Dictograph Products Corporation was at 11 Wellington Street East; by 1932, they had moved across the street to 9 Wellington West. By 1935, they were no more.

The second option for the deaf involved a patent medicine:


Catarrhozone appears to have been an inhaler. It apparently not only cured deafness, but overcame a variety of other diseases! It was manufactured by the Catarrhozone Company of Montreal. A search turned up:

  • A booklet of recipes and ads for patent medicines, including Catarrh-o-zone (as it was called in the booklet).
  • A photograph of a Catarrhozone box, which looks to be from the 19th century.
  • A Catarrhozone almanac.
  • Catarrhozone annuals from 1905 and 1909.

Spraying with DDT

Sorry about all the posts from the July 22 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, but I found so much in that paper!

Here’s one final news item:


DDT was developed as an insecticide; its year of peak usage was 1959. It was found to have toxic effects on the environment, particularly on the eggshells of certain species of birds; Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, brought environmental problems of this sort to public attention.

DDT was banned for agricultural use in the United States in 1972; it is still occasionally used for vector control.