Louise Glaum (again)

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of actress Louise Glaum skipping rope:


I’ve written about Louise Glaum (1888-1970) before. Her Wikipedia page mentions that she retired from movies in 1921 and moved to New York City, but doesn’t say anything about health issues.

Her return to the screen world was in Fifty-Fifty (1925). After that, she went back to vaudeville and the theatre.


Misspelt words in product names

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured three different ads for products whose brand names contained misspelled words.

First, there was Hi-Gen-Ic shaving brushes:


A Google search turned up nothing on Hi-Gen-Ic shaving brushes.

Next up, we have Sani-Bilt furniture:


The Waterloo Public Library site has a photograph of the Snyder’s factory in Waterloo, and describes some of its history.

Finally, there were Graham wafers made by the manufacturers of Som-Mor Biscuits:


I couldn’t find any references to Som-Mor Biscuit on the Internet. Which is too bad, really.


Madame Guiomar Novaes

The November 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of a young piano player from Brazil and her daughter.


Guiomar Novaes (1895-1979) went on to enjoy a distinguished career as a classical pianist, performing into the 1970s. YouTube has a number of examples of her recordings, including this one.

She was one of ten pianists who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1953 as part of a remote broadcast from Carnegie Hall.

Wikipedia has a photo of her with her daughter Anna Maria Pinto, also taken in 1924.


Presidential nominee

The July 25 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photograph of U.S. Democratic Party presidential nominee John W. Davis:


John W. Davis (1873-1955) won the 1924 Democratic presidential nomination on the mind-numbing 103rd ballot. He lost the presidential election to Calvin Coolidge. He won only 28.8% of the popular vote, the smallest percentage ever won by a Democratic nominee – though it didn’t help that Robert LaFollette ran for president on the Progressive Party ticket and picked up 16.6% of the vote.

Besides being a presidential nominee, Davis was the United States ambassador to Britain from 1918 to 1921. He was also a successful lawyer, as he argued 140 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) was an artist and magazine illustrator. He was best known for drawing Gibson Girls.


Ethel Lackie

The July 25 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photograph of swimmer Ethel Lackie, who had just won a gold medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris:


Ethel Lackie (1907-1979) also won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 100-meter freestyle relay. In 1926, her time of 1:10.0 in the 100 metre freestyle set a world record that she held until 1929. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969.


Miss Juliet Delf

The July 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star continues to provide photographs that are interesting to me. Here’s another:


Juliet Delf (1889-1962) does not have a Wikipedia page that I could find, but I did locate a photograph of her from 1916.


Irène Bordoni

Here’s another photograph from the July 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Irène Bordoni (1885-1953) was originally from Corsica, and appeared in films and plays in Paris as a child actor. She emigrated to the United States in 1907, and appeared in a number of plays, including Cole Porter’s musical Paris in 1928. This musical featured the song “(Let’s Do It) Let’s Fall in Love”. At her peak, she had homes in New York, Paris, and Monte Carlo.

YouTube has a recording of her singing Porter’s “Let’s Misbehave”. It’s fun, once you get used to Ms. Bordoni’s singing style.


Miss Gilda Gray

Here’s another photograph from the July 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Gilda Gray (1901-1959) was best known for popularizing a dance known as the “shimmy” in 1920s films and theatre productions. She appeared in a number of films in the 1920s, and was part of the Ziegfeld Follies in 1922.

Miss Gray’s real name was Marianna Michalska; born in Poland, she did much to help the country of her birth during the Second World War. After the war, she brought six Polish citizens to America and subsidized their education.

She had health problems relatively early in life, including suffering a heart attack in 1931. She passed away from a second heart attack in 1959.

YouTube has footage of her doing the shimmy and of her on Liberace’s show.


Miss Dusolina Giannini

I found a few photographs of interesting people in the July 11 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, so that’s what’s going to be in the next few blog posts.

Here’s a photo of Dusolina Giannini, an American soprano. (The Star, or the wire service that the Star got the photo from, had her name wrong.)


Dusolina Giannini (1902-1986) was just starting her successful career when captured in this photograph. During the 1930s and before and after the Second World War, she performed in Chicago, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, and as part of the Metropolitan Opera company, where she appeared from 1935 to 1942.

She was from a musical family: her sister was a voice teacher, and her brother composed operas.

There are a number of recordings of her voice on YouTube. One example is Pace Pace Mio Dio from 1945.


Mrs. Frederick Cruger

Here’s one more photo from the September 16 1924 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring a young woman who was spending time with the Prince of Wales:


Pinna Nesbit (1896-1950), as she was born, was a Canadian silent film actress, appearing in movies between 1917 and 1920. Frederick Cruger was husband number two of three; her Wikipedia page states flatly that she had an affair with the Prince of Wales.

The October 17 1925 edition of the Hamilton Evening Journal (of Hamilton, Ohio), ran an article claiming that Mrs. Cruger had received a vanity case from the Prince that was made of platinum and encrusted with emeralds and diamonds.