16-year-old announcer

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included a photograph of a 16-year-old radio announcer named Nancy Clancy.


Why on earth did her parents give her a rhyming name?

A search turned up one other reference to 16-year-old Ms. Clancy, but I wasn’t able to find out what happened to her. Radio station WAHG moved to Manhattan in 1926 and became WABC.


Louise Glaum (again)

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of actress Louise Glaum skipping rope:


I’ve written about Louise Glaum (1888-1970) before. Her Wikipedia page mentions that she retired from movies in 1921 and moved to New York City, but doesn’t say anything about health issues.

Her return to the screen world was in Fifty-Fifty (1925). After that, she went back to vaudeville and the theatre.


Misspelt words in product names

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured three different ads for products whose brand names contained misspelled words.

First, there was Hi-Gen-Ic shaving brushes:


A Google search turned up nothing on Hi-Gen-Ic shaving brushes.

Next up, we have Sani-Bilt furniture:


The Waterloo Public Library site has a photograph of the Snyder’s factory in Waterloo, and describes some of its history.

Finally, there were Graham wafers made by the manufacturers of Som-Mor Biscuits:


I couldn’t find any references to Som-Mor Biscuit on the Internet. Which is too bad, really.


Madame Guiomar Novaes

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of a young piano player from Brazil and her daughter.


Guiomar Novaes (1895-1979) went on to enjoy a distinguished career as a classical pianist, performing into the 1970s. YouTube has a number of examples of her recordings, including this one.

She was one of ten pianists who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1953 as part of a remote broadcast from Carnegie Hall.

Wikipedia has a photo of her with her daughter Anna Maria Pinto, also taken in 1924.


Most beautiful of to-day

Following on from yesterday’s post from the Hollywood photo spread from the November 7 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, here’s one final photo from the same spread, featuring Dolores Del Río as the actress voted the “most beautiful star of to-day”:


Dolores del Río (1905-1983) had two careers in the movies: in the 1920s and 1930s in Hollywood, and in the 1940s and 1950s in her native Mexico. Her marriage to Cedric Gibbons, described in the text, lasted from 1930 to 1940, when they divorced.


Most beautiful of all time

Here’s yet another photo from the Hollywood photo montage in the November 7 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Billie Dove (1903-1997) was once engaged to Howard Hughes, but that fell through. She left the movie industry when she married Robert Kenaston (not “Dobert Kenaston”) in 1933. The couple remained together until he passed away in 1970.

Alice Joyce (1890-1955), mentioned in the text, appeared in over 200 movies between 1910 and 1930. By the time of this photo, she was appearing in vaudeville. She was nicknamed “The Madonna of the Screen”.



The November 7 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star shows a still photograph from an old movie in which someone was receiving corporal punishment:


The “old Mary Pickford film” mentioned here is probably My Best Girl (1927). Lucien Littlefield and Carmelita Geraghty are father and daughter, if that helps any. Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers, who fell in love in the movie, eventually became husband and wife in real life. Their marriage lasted, too: they remained together until Pickford passed away in 1979.

Registered Nurse (1934) starred Bebe Daniels in her last film for Warner Brothers. The Internet Movie Database entry for the film includes Vince Barnett and Virginia Sale.


Condemned, 1896

The two-page spread on Hollywood in the November 7 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph from a film shot in 1896:


The Widow Jones, also known as The Kiss, was an 18-second film re-enacting the kiss between Ms. Irwin and Mr. Rice in the stage production of the same name. It was produced in Thomas Edison’s studio. Not surprisingly, it caused a fair bit of controversy.

May Irwin (1862-1938) was born in Whitby, Ontario. She was a vaudeville star and stage actor, and appeared in a couple of early silent films. Her most famous song was “Bully Song” – YouTube has a link to this, which includes The Kiss. (I haven’t linked to it, as it is racially offensive.)

John C. Rice (1857-1915) was a Broadway stage actor. The Internet Broadway Database lists him as appearing in four other productions after this one.


Remember when we told you…

The November 7 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star is a good source for movie-related articles. Here’s the first one – an ad for a movie starring Helen Hayes.


The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) was Ms. Hayes’ first major film role after appearing in a couple of silent films, and she started her career off with a bang, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress. Despite this recommendation, What Every Woman Knows was a failure at the box office – it took in $502,000, losing $140,000. Ms. Hayes had been in eight films between her Oscar-winning performance and this one,  so she was no longer a novelty.

The same issue of the Daily Star included a two-page photo spread on Hollywood, and Ms. Hayes appears here too, as she was voted the screen’s most talented actress:


Helen Hayes (1900-1993) went on to have a long and distinguished career, becoming one of the few performing artists to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award.


Cyclist breaks leg

If the November 2 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star is to be believed, cyclists back then were as much at risk from motorists as today’s cyclists are:


I’d say that the guy who collided with a streetcar and escaped with just a cut scalp was quite lucky indeed.