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When I look at old Toronto Daily Star newspapers from the early 1930s, I am always startled to run across photos of women with their name and address included in the caption. Here’s another example, from May 1 1931:

However, searches in the Toronto city directories yielded nothing on Miss Mimi Loran. The Streets section of the 1930, 1931, and 1932 directories listed Mrs. D. R. Harvey as living at 111 Crescent Road. There was an I. R. Loran living on Maitland Street in 1931 and a J. Loran on Bain Avenue in 1932, but they’re probably unrelated.

Perhaps Ms. Loran was ahead of her time and realized that publishing her name and address in the paper was a bad idea, so she provided a pseudonym. Or perhaps her name was misspelled. I’ll never know for sure.

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