Other man got tray in bed

Here’s a bit of unusual filler from the April 29 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Um, wow. I wonder if the two men were having the same meal?


Save money on butter

Here’s an ad from the April 29 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that offered a recipe for making your own butter for $1.


I looked up 56 Boulton Avenue in the 1948 Toronto city directory, and discovered that there was a John Weston listed there. Cross-checking in the names section of the directory and looking through other years, I discovered that he worked at Biltrite Tire Company in 1946, but did not have a listed occupation in any other directory up to 1951. This suggests that he was either retired or disabled.

I suppose that this is why Mrs. Weston decided to raise money by selling a butter recipe. I hope she at least made enough to cover the cost of the ad.


Wins $2,000 award

Here’s a brief article from the April 29 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a successful breach of promise suit.


Because both the plaintiff and the defendant in this case have relatively uncommon names, out of curiosity, I decided to do some retro snooping and look this up in the Toronto city directories. I discovered that Mr. Grills was actually living with Ms. Swale and her widowed mother at one point – they are listed at the same address in the 1946 directory. (It’s not meaningful that he is listed in the 1946 directory and the article states that she discovered that he was married in 1945 – it often takes a year to update a listing.)

Checking back, I found that Ms. Swale and her mother first appear in the 1941 directory. Her mother is still in the directory in 1947, but neither Ms. Swale or Mr. Grills are now at that address. I couldn’t find Mr. Grills at any other Toronto location in any other year.

By the way, $2,000 in 1948 dollars, according to the Bank of Canada’s inflation calculator, is equivalent to $23,600 today.


Married to doctor in secret

Here’s a photograph from the April 29 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of the secret marriage of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s daughter.


Carmen Franco (1926-2017) married Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú, the 10th Marquis of Villaverde, so he did indeed have “monarchist ancestry”. He was not only a doctor, but a heart surgeon; in September 1968, he was the first Spanish doctor to perform a heart transplant. Unfortunately, the patient only lived for 24 hours after the surgery. The couple stayed married until his death in 1998, and had seven children.

In 2008, she collaborated on a book about her father, titled Franco, My Father; in it, she portrayed her father as a warm person who was “intelligent and moderate”, and his regime as “authoritarian but not totalitarian”. Needless to say, this caused some controversy, given that her father was responsible for the White Terror, which resulted in the deaths of between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

Something I just discovered, by the way: she and Joseph Stalin’s daughter were the same age. I wonder if they ever met?


Lady bowlers hold tea

Here’s a bit of filler from the June 10 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


The problems of the world must have seemed so far away.

There is now an Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club at the corner of Islington and Dundas in Toronto. Since this is the centre of what used to be the town of Islington, I’m assuming that this is the same club.


Duce says it with flowers

Here’s a photograph from the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Nives Poli (1915-1999) was just 16 when her performance caught Il Duce’s attention. Ms. Poli has a Wikipedia page in Italian, an Internet Movie Database entry, and a video in Italian of her accomplishments. She later performed as a duo with her husband, musician Rolf Rapp.


Motorist injures woman and babe

Here’s a brief article from the May 18 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star describing a traffic accident.


I was curious about this because the addresses of the negligent driver and the victims were included in the article. So I tried tracing them in the Toronto city directories.

  • 257 Augusta Avenue is listed in the 1929 city directory as Abe Abkin, confectionery, so the two-year-old niece mentioned in the article was actually Doris Abkin. The 1935 directory lists Eli Abkin as running the confectionery at this address. Abe Abkin was not listed.
  • Samuel Brown appears at his stated address in the 1929 directory; he worked for the London Hat Company. He was still employed there in 1935, though he now lived at 217 Bellwoods. I didn’t trace him after that.

Retains British golf title

Here’s a photo from the sports section of the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


The British women’s golf championship (then known as the British Ladies Amateur) has come up in this blog recently. The 1932 championship was held at the Saunton Golf Club, which was founded in 1897 and still exists.

Enid Wilson (1910-1996) went on to win the championship for a third straight year in 1933. She later wrote about women’s golf in England.

Clem Purvis-Russell-Montgomery had rather a lengthy surname. I found her here (I think) in a listing of members of the British peerage. Her full name was Clementina Helen Maud Purvis-Russell-Montgomery, and her father, the 7th Montgomery baronet, went through life with the full name of Henry James Purvis-Russell-Hamilton-Montgomery.


Wild life painter

Here’s a photograph from the June 3 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a Canadian painter and his latest work.


Arthur Heming (1870-1940) was nicknamed “The Chronicler of the North”. Besides painting Canada’s northland, he wrote essays and three novels about it.

Interestingly enough, he was colour-blind, so he painted mostly in black, white, and yellow.


Bar vest, track arrest

Here’s a small article from the June 4 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a man who was practicing his own form of entrepreneurship.


I tried to trace John Cahill in the Toronto city directories, but there was no one by that name on Simcoe Street in either of the 1932 and 1933 directories.

Thorncliffe Park Raceway existed from 1917 until 1953. The racetrack was demolished in 1954; housing developments and a shopping centre exist in that location now.