Toronto’s official crest

The June 8 1960 edition of the Toronto Daily Star stated that the “college of hearalds” had approved this official crest for the City of Toronto:


The Wikipedia page for the Toronto coat of arms provides a slightly different version of this crest – the maple leaf and gear have swapped positions, and the indigenous Canadian on the left has been rendered differently. The coat of arms was redesigned in 1998 after Metro Toronto was amalgamated.


Oofy Glue

Here’s a piece that appeared in the February 15 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I think Oofy Glue appeared regularly in the Daily Star at that time – I’ll have to double-check. A Google search turned up nothing at all  – Oofy, whoever he is, has been lost to history. Perhaps it’s just as well.



Here’s a notice that appeared in the February 15 1924 Toronto Daily Star:


I’m reasonably certain that this refers to Josef Lhévinne (1874-1944), a Russian-born pianist and piano teacher. Considered a master of piano technique, he wrote a book, Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing, which appeared in 1924.

His real surname was actually Levin; an early manager changed it because “Lhévinne” sounded more distinctive and less Jewish.


Fanny Parker Candies

Here’s an ad from the February 15 1924 Toronto Daily Star:


A Google search for “Fanny Parker Candies” turned up nothing, but it did reveal that Fanny Parker (1875-1924) was a member of the Scottish suffragette movement who took part in increasingly militant actions. She appears to have had nothing to do with the candies of the same name – and, in fact, naming a candy after her seems singularly inappropriate, since she was sometimes force-fed by the authorities after going on hunger strikes.

My guess is that “Fanny Parker” was intended to sound like Fanny Farmer, a chain of American candy stores (founded by the same person who originated the Laura Secord chain in Canada).


Item 12

In the March 13 1948 Toronto Globe and Mail, I found an ad for a neighbourhood in Toronto that I think was supposed to be cropped differently:


What exactly is Item 12?

Thorncrest Village is in Etobicoke, and is just north of Richview Collegiate Institute, where former prime minister Stephen Harper went to school. The neighbourhood still exists: according to Wikipedia, residents own three parkettes and a park with a clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool, and a playground.


No liquor on election day!

Those of you above a certain age might remember when you couldn’t buy booze on election day until after the polls closed. Here’s an example, from the June 8 1977 Toronto Star:


I never really saw the point of this: you could always just buy a bunch of beverages on the previous day and then get blitzed at home on your own. (Depending on the election results, this might be a desirable thing to do.)

I couldn’t find when this stopped happening, but I’ll keep looking.


Life Savers

Here’s an ad from the November 21 1932 Toronto Daily Star, marketing Life Savers candy as drowsiness relief.


Life Savers were first created in 1912 by Clarence Crane, a candy maker from Cleveland and the father of poet Hart Crane. The original flavour was Pep-O-Mint; by the late 1920s, all of the flavours listed here had been created, along with Choc-O-Late, which I guess didn’t prove popular.

Today, Life Savers are made in Montreal, as sugar prices are lower in Canada than in the United States.


Dine and dance

If you were looking for an evening out on January 4, 1946, the Toronto Daily Star had some options available for you.


Searches of the Toronto city directories showed that the Lobster Restaurant didn’t last long in its location. By 1948, it was gone, replaced by the Saphire Tavern.

The Eaton Auditorium was on the seventh floor of the former Eaton’s College Street store. It opened in 1931. By 1970, it was sealed off, and then was restored in the early 2000s. It is now known as the Carlu.

Horace Lapp (1904-1986) was a dance band leader and one of the last of the original silent film accompanists. Nowadays, his events would be known as, um, Lapp dances. (I’ll show myself out, thank you.)

Ellis McLintock (1921-1997) was a trumpeter and band leader who played for TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s such as Wayne and Shuster.

The Hollywood Hotel was well-known enough in 1946 that they didn’t need to publish their address. It was far enough away that “Bus service every 15 minutes” was a selling point. They weren’t listed under “Hotels” in the 1946 Toronto city directory, so they must have been out of town somewhere.

The only information I could find on Gordie Delamont was here.



From the November 21 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


You have to admit: “Kling” is a good name for a dental plate adhesive.

Searches for “Kling dental plate adhesive” turned up links from people wanting to sell vintage containers of it online, but nothing about the history of the product or the company that made it.


Coble’s Fisherman’s Calendar

The August 25 1955 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained an excerpt from Coble’s Fisherman’s Calendar, which claimed to provide the optimal time of day to dip your lure into the lake:


I’d say that you’d have to be really into fishing to want to be out there at 1:49 in the morning on September 1st. Especially since the fish aren’t really biting that day.

I couldn’t find out much about Coble’s Fisherman’s Calendar, other than that it was first published in 1928 and was in existence as late as 1964.