International speedboat queen

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


A search turned up this biographical page for Loretta Turnbull. By the time of this photograph, she had already survived one serious crash. She went on to win more than 80 racing trophies, raised three children, and became a race car driver. She passed away in 2000 at the age of 88.


Plans twelve-year cruise

Here’s one last photo from the April 1 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I couldn’t find anything on Mr. van Wagoner’s voyage. A search for his name yielded two ancestry web sites (here and here) listing someone with his name and the right birth date who lived in Los Angeles. If this is the same man, he eventually did marry; depending on which site you believe, he passed away in either 1951 or 1954. I guess this means that he either abandoned his journey or completed it.


Leaving England

Here’s another photo from the April 1 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Mary Carlisle (1914-2018) appeared in three movies with Bing Crosby between 1933 and 1938. She retired from movies shortly after marrying actor/producer James Edward Blakeley in 1942; the two were married for nearly 65 years. She never officially confirmed her birth date, but was believed to be 104 when she passed away.


New premier of Japan

Here’s a photo from the April 1 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Kōki Hirota (1876-1948) was premier of Japan from 1936 to 1937. After the Second World War, he was executed by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and was the only civilian to receive this punishment.


Titled athlete and bride

Here’s one more photo from the March 27 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Lord David Burghley (1905-1981) eventually became David Cecil, the 6th Marquess of Exeter. His marriage to Lady Mary Theresa Montagu Douglas Scott (shown here) produced four children and ended in divorce in 1946.

The Marquess stayed involved in athletics, and eventually became the president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). In this role, he presented the gold medals in the 200-metre dash at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and appeared in the photo of the two American medallists raising their hands in a Black Power salute. (He’s wearing the red blazer.)


Set new record aloft

Here’s yet another photo from the March 23 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Louise Thaden (1905-1979) must have had what Tom Wolfe once called “the right stuff”: unlike many of her contemporaries in the early days of aviation, she did not die young in a plane crash.

She retired from competitive flying in 1938. Her memoir was titled High, Wide, and Frightened.


Adds yet another role

Here’s another photo from the March 27 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Helen Morgan (1900-1941) was a singer and actress. She was best known for the role of Julie LaVerne in several movie and stage versions of Show Boat.

I could not find anything on Ms. Morgan adopting a girl in 1929, but I did discover that she had given up a child for adoption in 1926. She died young, of cirrhosis of the liver.

There are some recordings of Ms. Morgan on YouTube, including “Why Was I Born?” (1929).


Polish count marries princess

The March 27 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star proved to be a good source of photos. Here’s one of them:


The Polish count’s full name was Jan Kanty Zamoyski, and his new bride was styled Princess Isabel Alfonsa María Teresa Antonia Cristina Mercedes Carolina Adelaida Rafaela of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Infanta of Spain, which is quite a handle. She was his first cousin once removed. They had four children, and seem to have led an uneventful life.

The count passed away in 1961, and his widow lived on for nearly 24 years without him, passing in 1985.



The March 27 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star announced that it was about to publish a comic strip named Skippy:


Skippy was published as a comic strip between 1925 and 1945, after having been a single-panel cartoon for two years before that. At its peak, it was earning its creator, Percy Crosby, $2350 a week, which was more than the President of the United States was making. Sadly, Crosby later became an alcoholic, and spent his last years in an asylum.

Skippy peanut butter is unrelated to Skippy the comic strip; its makers began using the Skippy name without asking permission from Crosby. He got their trademark invalidated, but they persisted, and were eventually granted permission to use it. Crosby’s heirs are continuing to litigate.

GoComics has put the Skippy comics from 1925 to 1930 online; they are available here.


Public statement

The March 23 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this rather unexpected ad:


I was confused as to why Mr. Bellinger went to the trouble of making this statement, until I saw this ad in a later page:


I took a look in the Toronto city directories to see if they shed any light on this situation.

  • The 1932 directory lists Peter Bellinger as the president of P. Bellinger Limited at 22 King West. So I’m not sure about the whole “controlled by outside interests” thing. Maybe he borrowed money from somebody.
  • In the 1933 directory, his occupation was listed as “clothing (ret)”, and he had set up shop at 25 King East. It was the same in 1935.
  • By 1937, the “ret” part had been dropped, and his occupation was listed as “clothing” at 25 King East.
  • In 1942, he had moved down the street, to 29-31 King East.
  • By 1947, he had no listed occupation, so presumably he had retired by then.

I never figured out the multiple ads thing. I assume that his corporation had gone bankrupt, but that he himself had not.

By coincidence, I was looking in the March 27 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, and found this ad from before the stock market crash of 1929, when presumably there was a lot more money going around:


I looked in the 1928 directory (since this ad was from March 1929, before the 1929 directory would have been finished), and Peter Bellinger was the president of P. Bellinger, Limited, and his son Fred was the manager. Someone named E. L. Baker was the secretary – could he have been the “outside interests”? I doubt it.