I’ve always been fascinated by newspaper photos of executives who have just been appointed or promoted to new positions. I wonder how companies decide which people deserve to be mentioned in the paper? Here’s an example from the January 14 1926 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:
So many pictures of men from this era show them with a toothbrush mustache, which was fashionable at the time. The fashion ended when Adolf Hitler, who wore one, became infamous.
I looked up Mr. A. N. Mitchell in the Toronto city directories. The 1926 directory lists Alfred N. Mitchell as a superintendent at Canada Life and living at 255 Russell Hill Road. From here, he rose steadily through the ranks: in 1936, he was the vice-president and general manager, in 1946 he was the president, and in 1951 he was Chairman of the Board.
The 1956 directory lists him as “member of the board” of Canada Life; presumably, he was ramping down his responsibilities. The 1961 and 1963 directories list him with no occupation and still at 255 Russell Hill Road. The 1964 directory does not list him.