Drab, lifeless piece

The July 29 1959 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured this less than favourable review of the film The Hangman:


This review and this movie are only interesting because they featured Tina Louise, who went on to fame as Ginger in Gilligan’s Island. She is now 84, and is one of two cast members of that show who is still alive (the other is Dawn Wells, who played Marianne).

Wikipedia has a brief entry for The Hangman. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have enough critical reviews to give it a rating.

I could find nothing on Ron Johnson, the theatre critic that panned this movie and Ms. Louise. It doesn’t help that he has such a common name.


Amusing chiropractors

The February 2 1922 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail listed an upcoming chiropractors meeting in the Amusements section:


I wonder whether this was accidental or deliberate. I also wonder: since the article stated that “all chiropractors in Toronto and vicinity will meet”, and boldly declared that the meeting was IMPORTANT, was attendance mandatory if you were a chiropractor? Did anything happen to the chiropractors who were unable to make it to the meeting?


Famous murders of 1922 #2

The February 9 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained an article related to another famous murder, that of Toronto theatre impresario Ambrose Small.


Small disappeared in 1919, and was never found. He was officially declared dead in 1924, and the case was closed in 1960.


Famous murders of 1922 #1

The February 9 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained front-cover photographs of people who might have known details of the murder of Hollywood film director William Desmond Taylor.


Taylor’s murder was never solved. Details on the people in the photographs above:

  • Mary Miles Minter (1902-1984) was an actress who appeared in 54 silent-era motion pictures. She was widely rumoured to have been romantically involved with Taylor (who was 29 years her senior).
  • Claire Windsor (1892-1972) was another silent film star. She has previously appeared in this blog here.
  • Mabel Normand (1892-1930) was a silent-film actress, writer, director, and producer, often working with Mack Sennett. She died of tuberculosis.
  • Edna Purviance (1895-1958) appeared in over 30 films with Charlie Chaplin.
  • Neva Gerber (1894-1974) was a silent film actress who appeared in over 120 films between 1912 and 1930. She was engaged to Taylor at one time.

Hapnaby Greensides

The June 24 1924 Toronto Globe contained a brief article about what appears to be a horrible tragedy:


Because I am always morbidly curious, and because poor Mr. Greensides had such an unusual name, I looked him up in the Toronto city directories. But I’m not sure whether I found him. The 1924 and 1925 city directory list a Hap Greensides who worked as a painter and whose home address was on John Street. And the 1926 directory lists an Annie Greensides who was the widow of Hap. But I don’t know whether this was just a coincidence,  whether the Globe got the story wrong, or whether they changed the address for privacy reasons or reasons of their own.

To confuse things more: this page lists a Hapnaby Person Greensides who died in 1924 and was married to a woman named Annie. But this Mr. Greensides was 62, not 43. So I don’t know what happened. Sadly, I suspect that a real tragedy happened somewhere to somebody.


Students come north

The June 25 1942 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this bit of obscure filler, complete with misspelling:


Assuming this filler is accurate, there were more South American students at LSU in 1941 than there are now: according to this page, there are now 81 South American students there (assuming that I counted them properly).


Don’t waste tea

The June 25 1942 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained several advertisements that stressed the importance of not wasting tea. I assume that this was because tea was shipped from overseas, and overseas shipping was difficult and costly because of the war.

The ad from Loblaws included this:


And the ad from the Red & White grocery chain included this:


And the Salada Tea company provided this ad:


The instructions appear to be the same in all three cases, though Salada makes a point of suggesting that the water be boiling furiously before pouring it into the teapot.


Beauty products from Paris

The June 7 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained ads for two beauty products imported from Paris. (Paris, France, that is.)

The first was for Djer-Kiss face powder and talc:


The Collecting Vintage Compacts blog has a detailed history of Djer-Kiss and how it was marketed in North America.

The second ad was for L. T. Piver perfumes and face powders:


L. T. Piver still exists.


Tragedy in 1922

The June 7 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this sad story, about a man who rented a room solely for the purpose of killing himself, and who had been missing for a week before he was found.


The Toronto city directories enable me to indulge morbid curiosity, so I looked poor Harry Magee up. He is listed in the 1922 city directory as living at 69 Jackman Avenue – the listed profession matches, so I know it’s him – and does not appear in the 1923 directory.

The dwellings at 69 Jackman Avenue and 204 Sherbourne Street no longer exist. That stretch of Jackman Avenue now contains Jackman Avenue Public School, and 204 Sherbourne is now a vacant lot.


Help for some women but not all

So far, I’ve found two ads in 1947 newspapers for products that claim to help some women, but not all.

First, there’s this ad from the June 11 1947 Toronto Daily Star, in which 9 out of 10 women get to have their hair glorified:


And the November 6 1947 Toronto Daily Star has an ad for a product that offers lovelier skin for 2 out of 3 women:


Putting on my nerd hat: if we assume that the two products are independent – if there is no correlation between hair and skin improvement – calculations indicate that 3.3% of women receive no hair or skin help from these products. Pity these unfortunate few!