Bathe away fat

Here’s an ad from the May 9 1932 Toronto Daily Star for a product of dubious medical value:


A Google search for Reudel Bath Saltrates didn’t turn up anything definitive. An image search showed that it had been historically used to treat foot troubles, so this was a new marketing twist. I could find no word on whether people’s feet became thinner.


Wanted for cash

The May 9 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this mysterious ad:


I have no idea why the advertiser wanted a piano in less than two weeks, or why it had to be from someone’s private home. I’m kind of suspicious.


Kitty Kelly and Kosher Kitty

The February 18 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured a photo of actress Kitty Kelly:


Kitty Kelly (1902-1968), born Sue O’Neil, was a regular Broadway performer until 1930, and then went into movies, appearing in approximately 39 of them between 1930 and the end of the Second World War. She performed in movies and TV series right up to her death from cancer in 1968, appearing in Get Smart, Perry Mason, Batman, and The F.B.I. in the 1960s.

The same edition had an ad for the film version of the musical Kosher Kitty Kelly, which is apparently unrelated:


Kosher Kitty Kelly, the movie, was produced by Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of future U.S. president John F. Kennedy. It is preserved in the Library of Congress, but is missing one reel. Kitty Kelly appears never to have been involved with it.


Ukelele surprise

I included this bit of filler from the February 18 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star because it was a bit unusual.


I suspect that Mr. Watson was not invited to any future surprise parties.


12-year-old university student

Sometimes, the photo section of the Toronto Daily Star offers up an unfathomable mystery. Consider this picture, from the February 18 1927 Toronto Daily Star:


Obviously, young Robert was extremely brilliant, if he could pass university entrance exams at the age of 12. But why did he have only four years of schooling at that age? Did he start late? Did he suffer an illness that forced him to miss time? We’ll never know.

A search for Robert Nagler turned up his Find A Grave memorial, but provided no information on his academic career, if he had one.


Squash stars

The February 18 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of American and British squash stars:


“De Sibour” is almost certainly Henri L. De Sibour; an American squash player of that name participated in the Latham Cup in 1930. J. H. de Sibour, the American architect, had a son named Henri Louis, so it’s probably the same guy. I couldn’t find out much about him.

Victor Cazalet (1896-1943) was a Conservative member of Parliament in Britain from 1924 to his death in 1943 in a plane crash. Queen Victoria was his godmother, and he was Elizabeth Taylor’s godfather.


Marchioness of Queensberry

The February 18 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a photo of the Marchioness of Queensberry, who was inspecting the portraits that she had painted that were hung in an art gallery in New York:


Cathleen Mann (1896-1959) had been the Marchioness of Queensberry for a little less than a year when this photo was taken. She went on to become a costume designer for a number of films between 1933 and 1937, and became an official war artist, painting portraits of Allied commanders. She and the Marquis divorced in 1946, and she committed suicide in 1959.

Her Wikipedia page states that she saved many lives in the West Ham district of London during the war by commandeering transport to carry people to safety. Which is more than many of us have done, to be honest.


Prize-winning architecture

The February 18 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a photo of a house that won an Ontario architects’ award:


This house still stands.


Free pants!

When I was looking through the May 12 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, it seemed like almost every clothes ad was offering free pants.

First off, there was Leeds Quality Tailoring, at 324 Yonge Street:


They have tremendous buying power!

Leeds Quality Tailoring isn’t listed in the 1922 city directory; it lists Aberdeen Woollen Mills at 324-326 Yonge. They are in the 1923 directory, but the 1924 directory lists this location as vacant, so they weren’t around for very long. Perhaps they gave away too many pants.

Down the street a ways, the Royal Tailors also offered free pants:


This firm was also a relative newcomer, as the 1922 directory listed Cecilian Company Limited, pianos, at this address. They lasted a little longer than Leeds Quality Tailoring, but by 1926 they had been replaced at 247 Yonge by Stirling Tailors.

If you keep moving south on Yonge, there’s Regent Tailors, also offering free pants:


Unlike the other two firms, Regent Tailors appears in the 1922 city directory. By 1924, they had relocated to 86-88 Richmond West and 167 1/2 Yonge. By 1930, they were at 468 Wellington West, but they didn’t make it through the Depression – they do not appear in the 1935 directory.

Perhaps the best solution was to offer suits without free pants, as Brass did:


We’ve met Brass before – like Regent Tailors, they didn’t make it through the Depression. The retail business was tough, I guess.


Gubernatorial honors

Here’s a photo from the May 12 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featuring the first woman ever to run for governor of Kansas on the Republican ticket.


I have no idea whether she captured the Republican nomination, but I do know two things:

  • Jonathan M. Davis, a Democrat, was elected to the office in the 1922 election.
  • Mrs. Mowry did not have long to live: she¬†passed away in August 1923 at the age of 65. (This article mentions that Miss Helen Pettigrew also competed for the Republican nomination; presumably, she was the second woman ever to compete for it.)