Two lives

The February 4 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two photographs of young men: one whose life had just ended, and one whose career had started to take off.

The first photo was of Carlyle Graham-Browne, who had just been killed in a car crash:


The accompanying article described a horrific single-vehicle crash:


The 1932 and 1933 city directories list Carlyle Graham-Browne as working as a general agent at the National Surety Company.

(By the way: the “Margot” in the neighbouring article was Margot Asquith, then the widow of a former Prime Minister of Britain. She is probably best known these days for being the target of a famous Dorothy Parker quotation: “The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.”)

The other man whose photograph I found had just been appointed as advertising manager at Holt, Renfrew and Company:


I traced Mr. Petersen, at least partially, in the city directories. He stayed at Holt, Renfrew for less than three years, as the 1936 directory lists him as the advertising manager for Langleys (the dry cleaning firm). Amusingly, the 1935 directory lists him as the advertising manager for the “Hotel Renfrew”.

He is missing from a few directories at the time of the Second World War, which suggests that he went off to fight. After the war, he gradually worked his way up to forming his own advertising partnerships; he appears in the 1969 directory as part of one, which is the last year that I can access online.

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