Presents each bride with a rolling pin

Here’s a somewhat startling photo from the January 25 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

I can only hope that Mayor Wert was presenting his rolling pins in jest. Was he really seriously encouraging brides to whop their hubbies upside the head?

The only other reference to the mayor of Paulsboro, N.J., that I could find was a link to his obituary, which appeared in the New York Times when he passed away in 1948. The link is behind a subscription paywall, so all I know is that Mayor Wert apparently advocated the creation of a municipal saloon.

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