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Criminal partners

By coincidence (or not), the November 4 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two photographs of young women in Detroit whose partners were involved in some sort of criminal activity.

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I wonder if they wound up in the same detention center?

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Princess forbidden to wed

The November 2 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this article and photograph related to Princess Beatrice of Spain.

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Infanta Beatriz of Spain (1909-2002) did eventually marry: her husband was Alessandro Torlonia, an Italian aristocrat. The couple had four children, none of whom seem to have been afflicted with hemophilia.

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Cat with bunny

The photo section of the November 2 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this cute photograph of a cat who had “adopted” a rabbit:

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I would say that this is cute.

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Son of Toronto lawyer engaged

The November 4 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of an upcoming engagement:

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Bartle Bull (1902-1950) went on to manage his family’s cattle ranch and sugar plantation in Cuba, and then serve as a Conservative Member of Parliament in Britain between 1935 and 1945. He died young of a heart attack.

Rosemary Baur outlived Mr. Bull by over half a century; she passed away in 2006.

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Queen of Sweden growing weaker

Here’s a brief article from the October 29 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that states that Queen Victoria of Sweden was in poor health.

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Victoria of Baden was born in 1862 and had been married to Gustav V of Sweden since 1881; she became Queen of Sweden in 1907. She held out for a little more than five months after this article appeared in print, passing away on April 4, 1930.

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Is mystery death victim

The October 29 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of a woman who died unexpectedly.

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A Google search for Evelyn Waddington Greely yielded some links that implied that her death was related to a curse put on the tomb of King Tut, which Ms. Greely had recently visited. This is mentioned here, here, and here.

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Reckitt’s Bath Cubes

Here’s an ad from the November 1 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that looked interesting:

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Wikipedia has an entry on Reckitt and Sons, which mentions that Isaac Reckitt started manufacturing household products in Hull, England, in 1840. Apparently, they still have a factory at their original location; Google Maps has it here.

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Chancing a tumble

The November 1 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photo of a man leaping through the air:

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Luis Trenker (1892-1980) was a filmmaker who specialized in films about the Tyrolean mountains in which he grew up. He also wrote 23 books about his experiences in the First World War. That’s a lot of books, but it was a lot of war.

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Celebrate golden wedding

The October 29 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained these photographs of a couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary:

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As usual with entries such as this, I indulged my morbid curiosity and looked in the Toronto city directories to see how many more wedding anniversaries they got to celebrate. The record is a bit muddy, as Henry B. Putnam isn’t listed in the 1930 directory but Mrs. H. P.  Putnam is listed at 370 Runnymede Road; in the 1931 directory, Henry P. Putnam is now at this address, and the 1932 directory lists Henry B. Putnam there.

The Putnams appear to have moved house a lot, so I’m not sure if this is the right one, but there is a Henry B. Putnam at an address in Swansea in the 1937 directory, and Julia B. Putnam is listed as his widow in the 1938 and 1939 directories at that location. In the 1940 directory, there is a Mrs. Julia Putnam listed at a different location; I didn’t trace her after that.

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Wear long underwear or else

The October 29 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two ads that touted the virtues of long underwear as protection against chills and disease.

The first one was for Penmans underwear (sadly, it is a bit damaged):

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And the second was for Wolsey underwear:

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Beware the ills that lurk in chills!