Jazz music is denounced

The June 10 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained an article about an English choral leader who denounced jazz in what were, quite frankly, racist terms.


Henry Coward (1849-1944) got the opportunity to complain about jazz for precisely fifteen years after this article was published, as he passed away on June 10 1944. There is no word on what he would have thought of thrash metal.



Viennese danseuse

One last photo from the June 3 1925 Toronto Daily Star:


I included this photo mostly because a Google search for “Louise Kartonisch” turned up absolutely nothing at all. A search for “Revanche” also turned up nothing, mostly because there is a recent film with the same name that overwhelms the search results. The mysterious Louise and her mysterious Revanche appear to be lost to history.



The photo section of the June 3 1925 Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of two young English women enjoying themselves:


I guess this is an early example of, ahem, stock photography. (Sorry.)


Professor to be honored

The June 3 1925 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a photo of a portrait of a distinguished-looking professor of French at the University of Toronto:


As usual with pictures of older gentlemen or couples, I indulged my morbid curiosity and looked him up in the Toronto city directories to find out how much longer he lived. For Professor Squair, sadly, the answer was not long: he is in the 1927 city directory, but his widow is listed in the 1928 directory.

A search turned up this page, which mentions that Professor Squair wrote a memoir, appropriately titled Autobiography of a Teacher of French. It was published posthumously. The page mentions that he passed away suddenly on February 15, 1928 (the page gives this as 1938, but this is a typo).


Fighting rheumatism

The June 3 1925 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two ads on the same page for products that claimed that they were effective against rheumatism.

Product #1 had the appropriate name of Rheuma:


Who would not want swift, gratifying relief from agonizing pains (I mean, seriously)? A Google search on Rheuma found nothing, so I have no idea what it contained.

Product #2 was gin pills:


Gin Pills were apparently primarily marketed as being good for the kidneys, and gin-soaked raisins have long been considered a folk remedy for arthritis, though there is no proof that this actually works.

According to Google Maps, there actually is a place named Lower Economy in Nova Scotia. I guess business didn’t exactly boom there.


Princess Ingrid

The June 3 1925 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photo of Princess Ingrid of Sweden:


Ingrid of Sweden was 15 when this photograph was taken. She later switched Scandinavian countries – she became Queen of Denmark from 1947 to 1972 when her husband, Crown Prince Frederick, became King Frederick IX. She passed away in 2000; her daughter is now Queen Margrethe II.


Giant football

Here’s a publicity photograph from the September 23 1930 Toronto Daily Star showing three members of the University of Southern California Trojans football team.


There are Wikipedia entries for two of these three men:

  • Erny Pinckert (1908-1977) played in the NFL between 1932 and 1940. He was the younger brother of astrologer Jeane Dixon.
  • Tay Brown (1911-1994) went on to coach college basketball and football.



Weather Control Bureau

The September 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this fascinating photograph of a man who claimed that his Weather Control Bureau could control whether it rained or not.


The American Heritage website has an article on Dr. G. M. Sykes – or, to give him his full name, George Ambrosius Immanuel Morrison Sykes. He was actually from Burbank, California, and he was hired in 1930 by New York’s Belmont Park Raceway as a professional rainmaker. I suggest reading the article to find out more (spoiler: it didn’t work).


Mahaney quadruplets

The September 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a photograph of quadruplets from Saint John, New Brunswick, who were about to start school:


I couldn’t find much information on the Mahaney quadruplets, but here’s what I found:

  • A Wikipedia page on multiple births states that the Mahaneys were the first quadruplets born in Canada to live to adulthood.
  • The Lethbridge Herald, in 1935, had an article that mentioned that the Mahaneys would like to meet the Dionne quintuplets.
  • An ancestry message board that I found contained a post that stated that May was the last quadruplet to pass away, in 2003.

Lord Charles Cavendish

The September 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a photo of an English peer who was dropping in on America for a visit:


Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish (1905-1944), to give him his full name, might have been coming to America to do more than pay a visit – he was in the process of getting hitched to Fred Astaire’s sister, Adele Astaire. She had been performing with her brother for 27 years, and gave it up to become Lady Cavendish in 1933.

When the couple got married, they received Lismore Castle as a wedding present from Lord Charles’s father, the ninth Duke of Devonshire; this is one heck of a starter home! Despite this favourable start, their lives were marred by tragedy: she gave birth to a daughter in 1933 and twin sons in 1935, and all three lived only a few hours. Lord Charles himself was an acute alcoholic, which claimed his life in 1944.

Lord Charles’s will stipulated that his widow was to inherit the castle, but that it was to go to his nephew if she married again. She did indeed marry again – but, according to her Wikipedia page, she spent summers at the castle until the end of her life. She never returned to the stage, and she passed away in 1981.