Personals from 1933

I usually haven’t been looking at the want ads from old newspapers, but I took a quick look at the personals section of the May 5 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Going through these in order:

  • We’ve seen an expedition to Cocos Island before in this blog. Some people believed there was buried treasure there. Hundreds of attempts to find treasure on the island have failed.
  • Nowadays, a request from a friend wanting to get in touch with a woman would quite possibly be a stalker. There were quite likely stalkers back in 1933, but this was an era in which newspapers published photos of attractive women along with their name and address, so they must not have been as common. Out of curiosity, I looked in the 1933 Toronto city directory for Miss Isabel Spinks; I did not find her.
  • I am thinking that the gentleman aged 26 was discreetly looking for a relationship. It had to be discreetly indeed, as homosexuality was not decriminalized in Canada until 1967.
  • I’m not sure why the Queens Rangers wanted stretcher bearers, but I’m sure there was a good reason. The 1933 directory lists 860 Yonge as the home of the York Rangers; this is between Yorkville and Scollard, so the neighbourhood is a bit more upscale now. Naturally, there are now condos there.
  • I couldn’t find a Francis Ackerman in the 1933 directory, but there was a Frank Ackerman. Of course, I have no idea whether this is the same guy. 32 Isabella Street turns out to be the address of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, which suggests a family matter of some sort.

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