Woman becomes undertaker

Here’s an article from the November 20 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a woman who had successfully obtained an embalmer’s licence.

As is usual in newspaper articles for at least a generation and more, the writer commented on Ms. Egan’s physical appearance, referring to her as a beautiful, young blonde. Men are virtually never described in this way.

I looked Ms. Egan up in the Toronto city directories, and it doesn’t appear that she had a chance to practice her new profession. The 1934 and 1935 directories list A. Viola Egan as a bookkeeper at Stone Funeral Services, the 1936 directory lists her as a bookkeeper but with no listed employer, and the 1937 directory does not list her at all. My best guess is that she bowed to the convention of her time and gave up her career to get married.

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