Broke world’s record

Here’s a picture from the photo page of the August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

Lillian Copeland (1904-1964) was in the midst of a successful Olympic career. In the 1928 Olympic Games, the first Games in which women were allowed to participate, she placed second in the discus. She then won the event in the 1932 Games.

She refused to participate in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin; she was Jewish, and objected to Hitler’s barring Jews from the German Olympic team.

After retiring from athletics, she worked in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


One lad may die

While I’m on the subject of fatal crashes, here was a description of a potentially fatal crash as reported in the August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star.

I was morbidly curious as to whether the two young men survived, so I looked them up in the Toronto city directories. The 1928 and 1929 directories do not list either Stanley Brown or Thomas Johnson at 438 King St. West – a gentleman by the name of George E. Small was listed as living there both years. Since Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson have such common names, I couldn’t trace them any further.


Death on the roads

The August 13 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained several articles describing fatal automobile accidents in Ontario. Here’s one:

Here’s another:

And then there’s this one:

People justifiably complain about fatal auto crashes nowadays, but it was worse back then.


Men, learn welding!

Here’s an ad from the August 13 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that caught my eye:

The Chicago Vocational Training Corporation had just changed its Toronto location when this ad came out – the 1948 Toronto city directory lists them at 2 Irwin Avenue, but the 1949 directory lists them at 938 Weston Road. The 1949 directory lists their president as based in Edmonton; I have no idea how many other branches there were, or whether they were actually founded in Chicago.

The company was successful – they remained in business at their Weston Road location until at least 1968. Google searches turned up some images of Chicago Vocational Training textbooks, including this one from 1937.


Loses bet, rolls peanut

The August 13 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this brief article about a woman who lost a bet about the recent Saskatchewan election.

The C.C.F. did well enough in the election to maintain a comfortable majority government under Tommy Douglas, but they did go from 48 seats to 31, forcing poor Mrs. MacMillan to roll a peanut with her nose.

Mantario, Saskatchewan was large enough in 1948 for Mrs. MacMillan’s husband to be able to operate a store there, and for a large crowd to watch her lose her bet. But, over time, it has gradually vanished. Its post office closed in 1986; it lost its village status in 2007. As of 2011, five people live there.

Its Google Street View shows that there is very little left there now. There is a garage that lasted for more than 87 years, but looks like it’s been closed a long time. The man who ran the garage passed away in 2012. A photo of the garage, taken in 1991, is in the National Gallery of Canada.



Hindsight is 20-20, but looking back from our present vantage point, you’d have to say that this article in the August 7 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star got it spectacularly wrong.


William Daum Euler (1875-1961), the author of this unfortunately inaccurate prediction, was a Liberal politician, serving as an MP from 1917 to 1940. After this, he was appointed to the Senate, where he stayed until his death.

Before 1917, he was the mayor of Berlin, Ontario, from 1914 to 1917; he was the last mayor of Berlin, as its name was changed to Kitchener in 1916. As a Senator, he lobbied for the elimination of the ban on margarine in Canada.



Here’s a real estate ad from the August 7 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


The typesetting in “extraordinary opportunity” looks strange, but then I realized what had happened. The typesetter needed to try to fit both words into the space provided for the ad, but was a bit short, so he or she compromised by using the slightly narrower digit 0 instead of the letter O. If you look at the third line of text, which uses the regular letter O, I think you’ll see it.

Gloucester Grove is actually quite a long street, and some of the properties have been remodelled since 1936, so I’m not sure whether the bungalows offered in this ad still exist. These houses might be likely candidates – as the ad states, no two of them are alike.


Toronto district manager

For years, the business section of the newspaper has included photographs of executives that have been promoted to important new jobs. I’ve always wondered what criteria companies used to decide whether to send their new promotee’s picture to the paper.

For example, the August 7 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photo of a man who had just been promoted to Toronto District Manager for a life insurance company.


Mr. Genesove looks a little sad in this photograph. Perhaps it’s just a trick of the camera, or perhaps he felt that a work-related photo required solemnity.

Because he has an uncommon name, I traced E. J. Genesove in the Toronto city directories. In the 1936 directory, Emanuel J. Genesove is listed under his previous job, as supervisor at the downtown office of the Northern Life company. So it looks like National Life lured him away to his new job.

It also looks like Mr. Genesove didn’t hold his new job for long. The 1937 directory lists him (now as Emmanuel with two m’s) as a district manager for National Life, but the 1938 and 1939 directories do not list him at all. These directories do not list his widow, so I have no idea whether he passed away or whether he accepted another role in a different city.


First time in 47 years

The August 7 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this brief article about a family reunion:


I have no idea why the article listed Mr. McMullan’s occupation as well as his address, but this made it possible for me to trace him in the Toronto city directories. The house at 108 Billings is listed under Charles Stuart, Mr. McMullan’s son-in-law, and Mr. McMullan appears in the 1937 and 1938 city directories at that address. His occupation is listed as assessment clerk for the Separate School Board.

In 1939, the family moved to 1216 Gerrard East. Mr. McMullan is now listed at that address, but no occupation is given in the listing. The family is still there in 1940, but he is no longer listed. I suppose that he might have travelled to New Orleans to stay with his sister, but I fear the worst.


Need you desperately

The Personals section from the August 7 1936 edition of the Toronto Daily Star was divided into two columns. The first column contained just one entry:


I hope that B. and the dependable person were able to get back together.