Father initiates son

Here’s a random pair of photographs from the March 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


For the heck of it, I traced the Stevensons, father and son, in the Toronto city directories.

  • In 1930, they were living together at 350 St. Clair Avenue West. Son George was working as a clerk at National Trust, and father Thomas A. was a manager at Associated Printers.
  • In 1935, George was still at National Trust but was now living on his own at 118 Redpath Avenue. Thomas was now vice-president and manager of Associated Printers, and had moved west to an apartment at 482 St. Clair West.
  • By 1940, Thomas A. had become president and general manager of Associated Printers, and George D. was holding steady as a clerk at National Trust. Both were now living in North Toronto: Thomas was at 481 Duplex, and George was now at 560 Roselawn.
  • In 1945, George D. was still a clerk at National Trust, and was at 104 Chudleigh Avenue. By now, sadly, Thomas A. had passed on – his widow, Ella M., still resided at 481 Duplex.
  • In 1950, George D. was still with National Trust, at the same address. He was still there in 1953. Sadly, he too had passed away by 1955, as his widow, Lillian, was listed at 104 Chudleigh.

Dancer may wed

Here’s a photo that appeared on the front page of the March 14 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Ms. Crawford, who was from Chicago, did indeed marry the 20th Earl of Suffolk. The Earl had a short but heroic life: during the Second World War, he rescued the world’s entire supply of heavy water from France before it fell, and then worked as a bomb defuser in London. He successfully defused 34 bombs before his luck ran out on May 12 1941.



Here’s an ad from the March 14 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Gloria Stuart (1910-2010) had three successful careers. First, she was an actress. Then, after 1945, she became an artist, working as a fine printer; her work appears in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lastly, she returned to acting again, appearing in Titanic in 1987, and appearing in movies up until 2004.

Ms. Stuart passed away three months after her 100th birthday. She lived to see 19 different Presidents of the United States, from Taft to Obama.


Star of yesteryear

Here’s a photograph from the March 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Wikipedia has a brief page on Fritzi Scheff (1879-1954). According to the Internet Broadway Database, she appeared on Broadway in 1929 in Mlle. Modiste, but did not appear there again until 1948. The Internet Movie Database lists her as appearing in a number of television roles as herself near the end of her life.


St. Patrick’s Day in 1920

Here’s a collection of poems and blurbs from the Toronto Daily Star, 100 years ago today. As you can see, the quality of the content varies widely and appears to indulge in a certain amount of stereotyping.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, wherever you are. Stay safe, and practice social distancing!


Training sprint

Here’s another picture from the photo page of the March 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Leo Lermond (1906-1986) competed in the 5000 metre run at the 1928 Olympics, but failed to qualify for the 1932 games.

Clarice Kennedy (1910-1998) was remarkably accomplished. Besides sprinting, she competed in swimming, hockey, tennis, and basketball, among other sports. At the age of 59, she went to university, eventually earning a Ph.D. In 1930, she also saved the life of a drowning boy.


Typical American beauty

Here’s a photograph from the March 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young woman about to become an entrant in a beauty contest:


I couldn’t find anything on Agnes Hurley when I searched for her. The only reason that I included this picture was that Bette Davis played a woman named Agnes Hurley in The Catered Affair (1956). It’s not that common a name, but I’m assuming that this is just a coincidence.


Royal photographer

The photo section of the March 11 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photograph of a princess who wanted to have a career in photography.


Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (1912-1995) went on to marry her first cousin, Prince Knud of Denmark. Her Wikipedia page makes no mention of photography, alas.

The Prince, brother of the King of Denmark, was the heir to the throne until a change in the Danish constitution enabled the King’s daughter to become monarch. This daughter, Margrethe II, is still the Queen of Denmark today.


Knighthood for Charlie Chaplin

Here’s a short poem from the March 5 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Mr. Phillips had no need to worry, at least not for a while – Charlie Chaplin was not entitled to call himself Sir Charles until 1975, two years before his death, when he was named a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


Endorses Buckingham cigarettes

Here’s a cigarette ad from the March 5 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Nick Lucas (1897-1982) was a singer and guitarist; his peak recording years were from 1923 to 1932. YouTube has many clips of him, including this classic Jazz Age film sequence from 1929.