Broke world’s record

Here’s a picture from the photo page of the August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

Lillian Copeland (1904-1964) was in the midst of a successful Olympic career. In the 1928 Olympic Games, the first Games in which women were allowed to participate, she placed second in the discus. She then won the event in the 1932 Games.

She refused to participate in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin; she was Jewish, and objected to Hitler’s barring Jews from the German Olympic team.

After retiring from athletics, she worked in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


One lad may die

While I’m on the subject of fatal crashes, here was a description of a potentially fatal crash as reported in the August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star.

I was morbidly curious as to whether the two young men survived, so I looked them up in the Toronto city directories. The 1928 and 1929 directories do not list either Stanley Brown or Thomas Johnson at 438 King St. West – a gentleman by the name of George E. Small was listed as living there both years. Since Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson have such common names, I couldn’t trace them any further.


Upper Canada Tract Society

Here’s an ad from the June 27 1928 edition of the Toronto Globe for religious tracts:


A telephone is reserved for your use!

I’m fascinated by “God’s Minute”, which featured 365 prayers by “approximately 350 saintly men”. Did some of the saintly men write more than one prayer? Or were approximately 15 writers not saintly? I suppose it’s just that they didn’t bother to check that closely, and I guess there’s no reason why they should.

I was also intrigued by “Silken Threads” by Wilhelmina Stitch – could that possibly have been her real name? Apparently, it wasn’t – it was a pen name of Ruth Collie (1888-1936), and “Silken Threads” is a collection of her poems. In 1930, she would undertake a tour of North America, speaking every day for 50 days.

Fay Inchfawn, the author of “Verses of a House Mother”, also turns out to be a pen name, this time of Elizabeth Rebecca Ward (1880-1978). Ms. Ward, like Ms. Collie, was a prolific writer of verse. She was known as the “Poet Laureate of the Home”.

As for the Upper Canada Tract Society: the ad claims that it was founded in 1832, and I found a reference to them in the 1867 Toronto city directory (as the Upper Canada Bible and Tract Societies), located at 102 Yonge. In 1900, they were listed as the Upper Canada Religious Book & Tract Society at that location, and J. M. Robertson (the manager mentioned in the 1928 ad) was listed as one of the “joint depositaries”.

By 1933, the society had moved to 406 Yonge, where they stayed until at least 1948. The 1950 directory lists the society as having relocated to 112 Richmond West. By then, there was clearly less demand for religious publications, as the firm rebranded itself as The Book Society of Canada, educational publishers. They were in the 1954 directory at that location, but not in the 1957 directory.


Prophesies doom of the Soviet

Here’s another picture from the photo page of the May 30 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Ms. Hanoun got neither of her predictions right in the short term, but I suppose that her prophecies eventually were proven correct: Prince Carol regained his throne in 1930, and the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991. (Prince Carol has previously appeared in this blog here.)


Taxi driver claims throne

Here’s a picture from the photo page of the May 30 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Wikipedia has an entry for the Kotromanić dynasty, which ruled Bosnia between the 13th and 15th century. I couldn’t find anything on either Prince Alexander or Princess Ariadne, so I have no idea whether he was a descendant of this dynasty or made the whole thing up.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter: the King of Yugoslavia went into exile in 1941 when the Germans conquered, and the monarchy was formally abolished in 1945.


Lone 4000 mile tour

Here’s a photo from the May 30 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young man who was about to venture on a solo 4000 mile tour of the Arctic.


Cornelius Osgood (1905-1985) went on to become the Curator of Anthropology at the Yale Peabody Museum from 1934 to 1973. A brief biography of Mr. Osgood is here, and a link to the Cornelius Osgood Papers is here.


Crofton Villa

The May 29 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this ad for a restaurant in Cooksville:

The Insauga website has a recent article on old Mississauga restaurants that includes a postcard of the Crofton Villa. The restaurant existed from 1922 until 1968.

Cookstown was located at what is now Dundas and Hurontario in Mississauga.


Southampton’s mayor

Here’s an image from the photo page of the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Lucia Foster Welch (1864-1940) was involved in the women’s suffrage movement. She was elected mayor of Southampton in 1927; part of her job was to greet visiting dignitaries when they arrived in Southampton from overseas.


Highly elated

Here’s something from the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that I downloaded just for fun: an ad followed by a headline from an article continued from the previous page. They’re unrelated, but appear to fit together.


I had originally spotted the ad because of its very 1920s text styling before I noticed what was underneath it.


Says dogs don’t bark

Here’s an article from the April 14 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a woman who owned a large number of Pomeranians, which caused the neighbours to complain:


A search of the Toronto city directories reveals that the neighbours would not have had cause to complain for long: J.W. Bruce is listed in the 1928 Toronto city directory at 663 Carlaw, but is not listed in the 1929 directory. I couldn’t find him at a different address, so it looks like the Bruces moved out of town and presumably took their Pomeranians with them.

The house at 663 Carlaw still stands – it seems like a nice place, but it might have been a bit crowded with 30 Pomeranians in there.