Advice for parents

So far, I have found three advice columns for parents from the 1930s and 1940s.

The earliest was from the January 7 1932 Toronto Daily Star:


I couldn’t find out much about Mrs. Gladys Huntington Bevans, other than that she (probably) lived from 1882 to 1947, and was the author of the 1930 pamphlet A Group of Simple and Beautiful Prayers and Graces for Children.

The next one is from the November 27 1936 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail:


Angelo Patri (1876-1965) was a New York City school principal, syndicated columnist, and author. He wrote a number of books intended for adults, and some Pinocchio books for children. There is now a New York middle school named after him.

And, lastly, here’s a column from the February 8 1945 Toronto Daily Star:


Myrtle Meyer Eldred (1885-1978) started her newspaper column in 1918. A collection of her columns was published in 1931 and reprinted in 1951. One writer claimed that Ms. Eldred tended to think that all babies should be treated exactly alike, which is probably a bad thing.


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.



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.


Structured strangely, headline

Here’s the headline from the November 21 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Why does this not just say “Sinn Fein Vow To ‘Break England’s Back'”? Did somebody decide that the Break England’s Back part was most important, so it should go first? I’m confused.


Ruth Etting

From the November 21 1932 Toronto Daily Star:


Ruth Etting (1897-1978) was a singer and actress, popular in the 1920s and 1930s. She did not have an easy life, to put it mildly.

Her manager was her husband, Moe Snyder, who was aggressive and controlling; she divorced him in 1937, surrendering half her career earnings to him as a result. In 1938, Snyder, who didn’t like the idea of his ex-wife seeing another man, shot Etting’s new partner, pianist Myrl Alderman, and threatened to kill Etting and their daughter. Etting and Alderman later married, and remained together until his death in 1966.


Girl elopes with car thief

Sometimes, I find something that is just jaw-dropping. Here’s an entry from the November 21 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


According to this article, every poor immigrant girl’s dream is marriage to a prosperous Anglo-Saxon. Ugh.

The Mann Act was enacted in 1910, and its intended purpose was to prosecute people who transported a woman across state or foreign boundaries for the purposes of prostitution. In practice, it was often used to prosecute premarital, extramarital, and interracial relationships.