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Godfather to Hapsburg baby

Here’s one more photo from the September 8 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring a prince of Austria being held by the former king of Spain.

The infant in the photo was Archduke Stefan of Austria (1932-1998), a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. Born in Austria, he and his family moved to Romania in 1942. When his cousin, King Michael of Romania, was forced to abdicate in 1947, he lived in Switzerland, Argentina, and then finally in the United States, where he settled.

The archduke eventually became an American citizen and established a division of advanced research at General Motors in Detroit, which is probably not what he expected to be doing with his life when he was living as a prince in Austria.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain (1886-1941) became king at birth, his father having died before he was born. He was granted full powers of kingship in 1902, and abdicated in 1931 when the Second Republic was formed.

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Princess seeks divorce

Here’s a photo from the September 8 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

Avril Joy Mullens (1909-1978) married two more times after divorcing His Serene Highness Prince George Imeretinsky (whom she married when she was 16). She married Brigadier General Hugh Nugent Leveson-Gower and then married Ernest Aldrich Simpson; the latter was the ex-husband of Wallis Simpson, who later became the Duchess of Windsor. Ms. Mullens passed away in Mexico after an automobile crash.

Despite all of this, Ms. Mullens was not the most notorious sibling in her family. Her older sister, Elvira Enid Barney (1904-1936), who used the stage name of Dolores Ashley, was dramatically acquitted of murdering her lover in 1932. Ms. Barney was later disowned by her family and was found dead in a hotel room in Paris on Christmas Day, 1936. The Steeple Times website provides a highly unflattering portrait of her.

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Miss America 1932

The photo section of the September 8 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contains this photograph of a young woman who had just been crowned Miss America.

The photo is reproduced as shown in the paper; clearly, Ms. Hann’s image was reversed, presumably because she appeared on the right-hand edge of the page and the editor wanted her legs to face inwards.

Dorothy Hann‘s title of Miss America for 1932 was apparently unofficial. No Miss America had been crowned since 1927, and the title was not officially revived until 1933. She appears to have led an uncontroversial life: she was widowed in 1982, and passed away in 1990 in her home town of Camden, New Jersey.

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Quarrel forgotten

Here’s a publicity photo from the September 8 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring singer Rudy Vallée and his wife, who were now reconciled:

Vallée and his wife, Fay Webb, were not reconciled for long, as they separated in 1933. Vallée’s Wikipedia page states that, during the divorce proceedings, Ms. Webb claimed that “Vallée is possessed of a violent, vicious, and ungovernable temper, and given to the use of blasphemy and the use of intemperate, vile, and vituperative language.”

The two were divorced in 1936, and Ms. Webb passed away shortly afterwards from complications following stomach surgery. Vallée married two more times; his final marriage, to Eleanor Norris, lasted from 1949 until his death in 1986.

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Lady bowlers hold tea

Here’s a bit of filler from the June 10 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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The problems of the world must have seemed so far away.

There is now an Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club at the corner of Islington and Dundas in Toronto. Since this is the centre of what used to be the town of Islington, I’m assuming that this is the same club.

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Duce says it with flowers

Here’s a photograph from the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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Nives Poli (1915-1999) was just 16 when her performance caught Il Duce’s attention. Ms. Poli has a Wikipedia page in Italian, an Internet Movie Database entry, and a video in Italian of her accomplishments. She later performed as a duo with her husband, musician Rolf Rapp.

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Retains British golf title

Here’s a photo from the sports section of the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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The British women’s golf championship (then known as the British Ladies Amateur) has come up in this blog recently. The 1932 championship was held at the Saunton Golf Club, which was founded in 1897 and still exists.

Enid Wilson (1910-1996) went on to win the championship for a third straight year in 1933. She later wrote about women’s golf in England.

Clem Purvis-Russell-Montgomery had rather a lengthy surname. I found her here (I think) in a listing of members of the British peerage. Her full name was Clementina Helen Maud Purvis-Russell-Montgomery, and her father, the 7th Montgomery baronet, went through life with the full name of Henry James Purvis-Russell-Hamilton-Montgomery.

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Wild life painter

Here’s a photograph from the June 3 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a Canadian painter and his latest work.

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Arthur Heming (1870-1940) was nicknamed “The Chronicler of the North”. Besides painting Canada’s northland, he wrote essays and three novels about it.

Interestingly enough, he was colour-blind, so he painted mostly in black, white, and yellow.

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Bar vest, track arrest

Here’s a small article from the June 4 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a man who was practicing his own form of entrepreneurship.

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I tried to trace John Cahill in the Toronto city directories, but there was no one by that name on Simcoe Street in either of the 1932 and 1933 directories.

Thorncliffe Park Raceway existed from 1917 until 1953. The racetrack was demolished in 1954; housing developments and a shopping centre exist in that location now.

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Thief had meal then took cat

Here’s a bit of filler from the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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I’m thinking that whoever wrote this does not have a cat. Of course, Mr. Cunningham’s cat is valuable!