European souvenir hunters

Here is a photograph from the August 18 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of an actor who had lost 22 scarves to people seeking souvenirs:

Ramon Novarro (1899-1968) was born in Mexico, but moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1913 to escape a revolution. He became a huge box-office draw in the 1920s and 1930s, as he took over from Rudolph Valentino as a movie sex symbol.

Mr. Novarro never married Myrna Loy or anyone else. For a while, he was in a relationship with Herbert Howe, who was his publicist. The end of his life was a horrible tragedy: two brothers offered him their sexual services, allegedly tortured him for hours to get him to reveal where he kept his non-existent money, and left him to choke to death on his own blood.

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