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Feen-a-mint

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Daily Star:

Giving a chewable minty gum laxative to a child just seems… ugh.

For more on Feen-a-mint:

    • A 1970 commercial
    • A 1979 commercial
    •  A history of Feen-a-mint
    • A site that discusses the components of Feen-a-mint – it’s basically just bisacodyl, which is an organic compound that gives marching orders to your bowels. Carter’s Little Pills, a patent medicine that is likely to appear in these pages sometime soon, are also made of this stuff.

Important fact: there is no further laxative effect after the first three minutes of chewing.

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Trusses

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Daily Star:

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Wikipedia informs me that a truss was a surgical appliance used to provide support for patients suffering from a hernia. They are not used nowadays; apparently, they often made the problem worse. (Fun fact: 27% of males and 3% of females develop a groin hernia at some time in their life. Reassuringly, groin hernias that do not cause symptoms in males do not need to be repaired.)

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Mary Rose Thacker

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Star:

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Mary Rose Thacker (1922-1983) won the North American figure skating championships in 1939 and 1941, and won the Canadian championships in 1939, 1941, and 1942, after which skating competitions were suspended until the end of the Second World War. She went on to start a skating school in British Columbia.

The saddest part of this article is this line: “I regard my skating now as not exactly fun.”

The Winnipeg Free Press has a longer article about her, if you want to read more.

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Learn to swim

From the April 8 1940 Toronto Daily Star:

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Ernst Vierkoetter (1901-1967) has a Wikipedia entry in German but not in English! He swam the English Channel in 1926 (holding the speed record for 20 years), won the first CNE marathon swim in 1927, and then settled down in Toronto to a career as a swimming instructor. His nickname was “The Black Shark Of Germany”, which is a pretty cool nickname.

The Torontoist has a long article on the 1927 marathon swim, if you want to know more.

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Flusho!

This is from the July 6 1944 Toronto Daily Star:

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That is a pretty good name for a toilet bowl cleaner, you have to admit.

Searches for Flusho, Flusho cleaner, and Flusho toilet bowl cleaner yielded nothing – it’s as if this brand never existed. Clearly, Flusho was, erm, flushed out of the market by Drano.