Duce says it with flowers

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


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.


Retains British golf title

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Thief had meal then took cat

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


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


Cases show sharp decline

Here’s an article from the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star describing the latest case counts for common diseases.


May 1932 appears to have been a bad month for mumps!

The reduced incidence of diphtheria might have been related to another article that appeared in the same paper:


Diphtheria vaccine was invented in 1923. Today, about 84% of the world is vaccinated, which is grimly ironic, given the current world situation.


Who’ll give the girls a pen?

Here’s a publicity photo from the radio page of the June 4 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


A Google search for Ruth and Katharine Glenn turned up nothing at all, which made me a bit sad. In 1932, the singing Glenn sisters were popular enough to go through a pen a day answering fan mail; now, they are lost to history.


All carbon romance

Here’s a photo from the April 11 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Woolf Barnato (1895-1948) inherited a fortune at the age of two, when his father drowned. He was a race car driver and a first-class cricketer. During the First World War, he was an artillery officer; during the Second World War, he was a Wing Commander in the RAF.

His marriage to Miss Jack Claridge Quealy was his second one, and produced two sons. They divorced in 1947. A few months after Barnato remarried, he passed away from a thrombosis after an operation for cancer.


Tough to be famous

Here’s a publicity photo from the April 11 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Sally Blane (1910-1997) appeared in over 100 movies, almost all of which were before 1939. She was part of a family of actors: her sisters, Loretta Young and Polly Ann Young, and her half-sister Georgiana Young all had careers in the movies (though Georgiana’s was brief).

It’s Tough To Be Famous (1932) was a comedy starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. YouTube has the original trailer for it.


Engaged to marry

The front page of the April 11 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this photo and notice of an upcoming wedding:


I don’t know what happened, but Sally O’Neil (1908-1968) and Arthur Loew did not get married. Ms. O’ Neil married Stewart S. Battles in 1953; they divorced, but then married again. Loew eventually married Mildred Zukor, daughter of Adolph Zukor, co-founder of Paramount Pictures; he later became president of MGM.