Glorifying American youth

Here’s an ad from the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star for a vaudeville revue:


I couldn’t find anything on “Glorifying American Youth”, but searches did turn up information on the people mentioned here:

  • Harry Carroll (1892-1962) had been a songwriter on Broadway since 1910. (His Internet Broadway Database entry is here.) He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
  • Ken Murray (1903-1988) had an extensive career in vaudeville, film, theatre, and television that lasted into the 1970s. His last film appearance was in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood in 1976.
  • Ann Greenway (1902-1977) has an Internet Movie Database entry. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt.
  • The California Collegians had a film credit in 1937.
  • Rod La Rocque (1898-1969) had a perfect movie name, and it was his real name. He appeared in a number of movies from 1914 until 1941, when he retired from film and became a real estate broker. He married Vilma B├ínky in 1927 (she previously appeared in this blog here). They remained married until he passed away.

Famous Flonzaley Quartet

Here’s a photo from the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


The Flonzaley Quartet were in existence from 1903 to 1929, though they went through four viola players during that time. There are recordings of them on YouTube, including them playing Mozart: K 575.

The Hart House String Quartet has an entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia. They were in existence from 1923 to 1946.


Exit pursued by bear

Here’s an ad from the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I don’t know about you, but a drawing of a large, threatening bear doesn’t seem like an appealing ad for travel to the far West. But perhaps travellers were more adventurous in 1928 – I guess they would have to be, given that travel was more difficult in those days.


Engaged to marry

The front page of the April 11 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photo and notice of an upcoming wedding:


I don’t know what happened, but Sally O’Neil (1908-1968) and Arthur Loew did not get married. Ms. O’ Neil married Stewart S. Battles in 1953; they divorced, but then married again. Loew eventually married Mildred Zukor, daughter of Adolph Zukor, co-founder of Paramount Pictures; he later became president of MGM.


Made with olive oil

Here’s an ad from the April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I searched for the names at the bottom of the ad:

  • I wasn’t able to find John Barclay, but this might be the same guy, as the photo is similar.
  • Gladys Swarthout (1900-1969) had a career in opera up to the 1950s.

Two Governors General

Recently, I found not one but two photographs of people who served as Governor General of Canada in the 1930s.

The first is from the April 7 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Vere Ponsonby, the 9th Lord Bessborough (1880-1956) was an Anglo-Irish businessman and politician. He doesn’t appear to have done anything particularly scandalous during his lifetime.

The April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a picture of Lord Bessborough’s successor: John Buchan, shown here at Oxford during Guy Fawkes Day.


John Buchan, the first Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940), was an author and politician. In 1915, he wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, which Alfred Hitchcock later turned into a movie.


Blames on Presbyterians

Here’s an amusing bit of filler from the April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I did a search in the 1934 and 1935 Toronto city directories for Rudolph Steigmeyer, but could not find him. Either he was from out of town, or the Daily Star misspelled his name.


A letter to the ladies

Here’s an ad that appeared in the April 3 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Benjamin T. Babbitt (1809-1889) was an American businessman who got rich manufacturing soap. The novelist Sinclair Lewis used his surname for his 1922 novel Babbitt.

I could find no reference to a Babbitt factory in the Toronto city directories for 1932 and 1933. Dunn Sales Limited first appears in the 1933 city directory at 85 Richmond West; the firm later moved to 229 Yonge. They were active as late as 1944.


Lord and Lady Carnarvon

Here’s a photograph from the April 3 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Henry Herbert, the 6th Earl of Carnarvon (1898-1987) apparently had an unhappy upbringing, possibly because his father was discovering stuff.

He and Lady Carnarvon were divorced in 1936. He remarried again in 1939, and divorced again in 1947. His obituary apparently described him as a “most uncompromisingly direct ladies’ man”, which may or may not have had anything to do with this.


They call her Aunt Julia

The radio page of the April 3 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of a radio personality.


Eunice Howard does not have a Wikipedia page, but I did find her on the Internet Movie Database website. She appeared in the movie The Gay Nineties, or The Unfaithful Husband (1929), in which she played the role of The Flirt.