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Managing director

Here’s a photograph from the December 7 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a man who had just been appointed to a new position.

It’s interesting that standard business attire has not changed much since 1931. Mr. Pettis’s face and clothing look modern enough in this headshot to be from 1981 or even 2019.

As usual when I find an interesting headshot, I traced him in the Toronto city directory to see what happened to him. I didn’t go year-by-year, but I checked in at regular intervals.

  • He is not in the 1919 city directory, though some of his family were.
  • He is in the 1921 directory as a clerk.
  • In 1926, he is a managing director of George H. Hees & Son Co. Limited.
  • In 1931, he is listed as managing director of George H. MacDonald Ltd., as mentioned in the photograph.
  • In 1933, he is still the vice-president of George H. MacDonald Ltd.
  • In 1935, he has no listed occupation.
  • In 1938, he is a representative for Canada Life.
  • The 1941 directory lists him as having no listed occupation again.
  • In 1943 and 1945, he was on active service.
  • In 1946, he is listed as a field officer for the WPTB Information Branch.
  • In 1948 and 1950, he is a manager for the Range Master Company of Canada.

He is not listed in the 1951 directory. His widow is not listed, so I don’t know whether he passed away or moved.

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