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.