All up, Ribbentrop

The May 29 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this brief article on Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German ambassador to the United Kingdom between 1936 and 1938 and the Foreign Minister of Germany between 1938 and 1945:


Ribbentrop managed to evade his pursuers until June 14, when he was captured near Hamburg. He was tried at Nuremberg, and was executed on October 16, 1946 – the first Nazi to be executed. YouTube has footage of Ribbentrop’s trial and verdict.

As for the other men mentioned here:

  • I could find nothing on Philip Dehlen.
  • Ernst Wilhelm Bohle (1903-1960) was put on trial in 1947 and was sentenced to five years in prison in 1949 but was pardoned. After his pardon, he worked as a merchant in Hamburg.
  • Rudolf Blohm (1885-1979) has a Wikipedia page in German only. He was sentenced to prison for refusing to decommission his shipyards when the Allies demanded that he do so. After serving his sentence, he began expanding his business again in 1954, and retired in 1966.

Fanny By Gaslight

The May 29 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured an ad for the movie Fanny By Gaslight, the title of which might cause sniggers these days:


This movie ad is unusual because it looks like it was hand-written.

Fanny By Gaslight is a British film that was made in 1944. It was not released in the U.S. until 1948, as 17 minutes of it needed to be removed for it to meet the Motion Picture Production Code. When it was released there, it was called Man Of Evil, which would not have provoked sniggering.

YouTube has the entire movie here. Or, if you like, you can just watch the corset lacing scene.


Much-married people

The December 3 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained articles and pictures of famous people who had been married multiple times and were about to become married again.

The first pair of articles, grouped together, were about the latest marriages of some notoriously famous people:


Tommy Manville (1894-1967) was the heir to the Johns-Manville asbestos fortune, and was famous during his lifetime for marrying a total of 13 times to 11 women. Before he met Ms. Campbell, he had been married seven previous times:

  • When he was 17, he married Florence Huber, a chorus girl, five days after meeting her. His father annulled the marriage, so he married her again. His father then cut him off financially, so he worked in his father’s company’s Pittsburgh factory to make ends meet. The couple separated in 1917 and divorced in 1922.
  • In 1925, he married his father’s stenographer, Lois Arline McCoin. One month later, his father died, he inherited $10 million, and he apparently took off: they were divorced in 1926 on the grounds of desertion.
  • He married Avonne Taylor in 1931, and they separated after 34 days.
  • He married Marcelle Edwards in 1933; they were divorced in 1937.
  • His marriage to Bonita Edwards in 1941 lasted two months.
  • His marriage to Wilhelemma Boze in 1942 lasted five months.
  • He married Sunny Ainsworth in August 1943; she had been married four times previously herself. They were separated after eight hours, and divorced in October 1943.

By now, Mr. Manville’s modus operandi was entrenched: he would meet an attractive young woman and propose marriage to her right away. He continued this with Ms. Campbell, proposing five minutes after meeting her. When she turned him down, he pursued her for six years before she finally agreed to marry him.

Sadly, Mr. Manville and Ms. Campbell may actually have had a marriage that would have lasted – they remained married until she was killed in a car accident in 1952. Her death caused him to go back to his routine of repeated marriages, as he married three more times after that. He is estimated to have spent a total of $1.25 million on marriage settlements.

Peggy Hopkins Joyce (1893-1957) was as notorious as Manville – she was famous enough that songwriters such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin used her name in their lyrics. Before marrying Mr. Easton, she had married four previous times:

  • She married millionaire Everett Archer Jr. in 1910, but this marriage was annulled when he discovered that she was underage.
  • She married lawyer Shelburne Hopkins in 1913; she left him four years later.
  • She met J. Stanley Joyce in 1919; he paid for her divorce from Hopkins in 1920, and married her two days later. Apparently, she locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding night and refused to come out until he wrote her a cheque for $500,000. She left him later that year.
  • She married Gösta Mörner, a Swedish count, in 1924; she left him later that year and divorced him in 1926.

She remained single for the next nineteen years before agreeing to marry Mr. Easton. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last either – they were divorced sometime before 1953. She married again later that year, remaining married until her death four years later.

This paper also contained a photograph of movie star Bette Davis about to become married for the third time:


Ms. Davis was apparently attracted to Mr. Sherry because he had never heard of her and was therefore not intimidated by her. The two had a daughter in 1949, and they divorced in 1950; she then married Gary Merrill, her co-star in the movie All About Eve.

There was one final marriage-related article in the paper. It was about people who were not famous, and it is very saddening:


I could find out nothing about Mrs. Hemmerle on Google – I hope she had a good life after her divorce.


Strathcona Rollerdrome

The February 8 1945 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had an ad for the Strathcona Rollerdrome, offering an evening of rollerskating for 35 cents:


I couldn’t find any pictures of the rollerdrome; at least one Facebook user has a request out there for photos, and couldn’t find any either.

The Toronto city directories tell me that the Strathcona Club opened on Christie Street in 1935, replacing the Oakwood Bowling Club at that location. (The original street address was 584 Christie Street.) A second branch of the rink opened at the Palace Pier in June 1941, possibly on June 10 or on June 18. This second branch lasted only until 1943.

The Christie Street club last appeared in the 1956 Toronto city directory (though, ominously, its phone numbers were no longer listed). By 1957, it was gone. There is now a high-rise building at that site.


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.


Twenty years ahead

Here’s two insurance ads that want their readers to look twenty years ahead.

First this one, from the September 2 1922 Toronto Daily Star:


And this one, from the December 10 1945 Toronto Globe:


It looks like the second couple are spending 1965 in the dark. Perhaps they just aren’t home much: they’re on a “perpetual holiday”, so they don’t bother to pay the hydro bill.


Let’s not rush into things

From the February 8 1945 Toronto Daily Star:


You can’t criticize Paraguay for being too hasty about these things, but they were a bit late to do much to help the Allies against the Axis. Admittedly, news probably took a long time to reach parts of South America in those days.