Screen star arrives in London

Here’s another photo from the May 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Clive Brook (1887-1974) would have known his way around London – he was born in the London suburb of Islington. He moved to the United States in 1924 and then moved back to England in 1935 for fear that his children would be kidnapped.

His claims to fame are playing Sherlock Holmes three times and appearing opposite Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932). His brief Wikipedia entry indicates that he and his wife remained married, as he had no other spouse and there is no mention of a divorce.


Noted jurist shows improvement

Here’s a photo from the front page of the May 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Normally, a severe attack of pneumonia in a 77-year-old man would be ominous, but it appears that the Hon. Justice Riddell didn’t pass away until 1945. He was the author of The Slave in Upper Canada: History of the Underground Railroad, which dates to 1919 or 1920.

My searching also turned up this photograph of him from 1882.


Wish granted

Here’s a short article from the May 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star. It’s a very sad story.


I would try to trace his story in the Toronto city directories, but Albert King is a very common name.


Lei queen of Hawaii

Here’s a photograph from the May 16 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:\


When I saw this, I wondered: did “Lei Queen” have the same double meaning in 1930 as it does today? I poked around a bit, and found one source that stated that “lay” as a slang term for “have sex with” first appeared in U.S. slang in 1934. If true, being crowned the Lei Queen of Hawaii in 1930 would not have led to snickers.

A quick search for Genevieve Buchanan didn’t turn up anyone who might have been at the University of Hawaii in 1930, so I guess she led an uneventful life, at least by Google search standards.


Publicly announced wedding date

Here’s a photo from the May 16 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Happily, the marriage between Bebe Daniels (1901-1971) and Ben Lyon (1901-1979) was a Hollywood marriage that lasted – they were together until she passed away. After her death, Lyon married former actress Marian Nixon.


To the careful drivers of Ontario

Here’s a request from the Government of Ontario that appeared in the May 11 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


This message states that 403 people were killed and 7877 people injured in traffic accidents in Ontario in 1933. By way of comparison: in 2018, 578 people were killed and 49,408 were injured.


Doris to play again

Here’s a photo from the sports section of the May 11 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Out of curiosity, I did a Google search on Doris Butwell and found two results:


Leni and Adolf

The May 11 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contains a discussion with Leni Riefenstahl, the German film director and confidante of Adolf Hitler. The article was in two parts (I’ve broken the second part into two sections).




There was also a photograph of Ms. Riefenstahl:


Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003) is now widely considered one of the greatest technical filmmakers of the 20th century, though her reputation is tarnished by her association with Hitler. After the war, she maintained that she knew nothing about the Holocaust, and she was never prosecuted for war crimes. But she was certainly an admirer of Hitler at the time of this article.

Hitler, of course, did not marry until near the end of his life, when he wed his mistress, Eva Braun.


Two Mary Pickfords

Here’s a photo from the May 11 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featuring two women named Mary Pickford.


Mary Pickford the movie star (1892-1979) was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto. Her Wikipedia entry states that she was given the stage name of Mary Pickford in 1907 at the request of the producer of the Broadway play in which she had just been cast; I have no idea whether there was anybody named Pickford in her family tree.

The 1934 Toronto city directory lists the other Mary Pickford as working as a clerk at Simpson’s and living at 46 Radford Avenue. By 1938, she had switched to Eaton’s, and was living at 439 Sherbourne; in 1939, she was back at Simpson’s. The last directory she appears in is 1940.


Bright omen?

Here’s another picture from the photo section of the May 5 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


In Britain, black cats are considered good luck if they walk toward you. However, this cat was not a bright omen for the newly wedded Barings: a search revealed that Francis Baring passed away in 1940 from wounds sustained in the retreat from Dunkirk.

His widow, now called Rose Baring, was appointed a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II. She passed away in 1993.