Categories
Uncategorized

Canadian ski slopes

The January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included a number of articles and photos related to skiing – which is not surprising, given that it was January and there was snow! I wrote up a couple of them in yesterday’s blog post; today’s entry is a photo of a Hollywood actress skiing in the Laurentians.

Joan Caulfield (1922-1991) was arguably at the peak of her career when this photograph was taken. She had a contract with Paramount, but was in demand enough to be loaned out to Warner Brothers and Universal in 1947 and 1948. She had fewer film roles after the early 1950s, but continued working on the stage, on television, and in touring theatre productions into the 1970s. She started her career as a model, appearing on the cover of the May 11 1942 edition of LIFE magazine.

One person who was not a huge fan of Ms. Caulfield was film writer Ephraim Katz. In his book, The Film Encyclopedia, he wrote: “[She] was among Paramount’s top stars, radiating delicate femininity and demure beauty but rarely much else”. Ouch.

Some people claim that Ms. Caulfield was the inspiration for Holden Caulfield, the name of the main character in several of author J. D. Salinger’s stories and books, including The Catcher In The Rye. There is no way to know whether this was true.

Categories
Uncategorized

Skiing accidents

The January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two articles on notable people who had just broken a leg in skiing accidents. Conveniently, the articles were placed together:

Unfortunately for him, a much worse fate than a broken leg eventually awaited Faisal II, the last king of Iraq. In 1958, he was assassinated, along with the Crown Prince of Iraq and its Prime Minister, as part of a coup d’état. The leaders of this coup were themselves overthrown in 1963 by the Ba’ath Party.

Pierre Jalbert (1925-2014) went on to become a film editor and then to appear as the bilingual character Caje in the TV series Combat!, which ran from 1961 to 1967. After the series ended, he went back to film editing, including work on The Godfather.

Categories
Uncategorized

Inside parking is not parking

Here’s a short article from the January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about a man who managed to talk his way out of a parking violation.

Out of curiosity, I looked William Tennant up in the Toronto city directories. I discovered that there was no such place as Colbrook Street in Toronto. There is a Colbeck Street, though, and the 1948 Toronto city directory lists a William Tennant working at CGE and living at 148 Colbeck. If this is the right William Tennant, he led a noticeably stable life, as he was living at 148 Colbeck and working at CGE in 1969, the last year for which I have access to online Toronto city directories.

I looked 148 Colbeck Street up in Google Street View. It seems to be a nice enough place.

Categories
Uncategorized

Now playing (2 of 2)

As I mentioned yesterday, the January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two notices of upcoming performances at the Eaton Auditorium and two at Massey Hall. Here’s the two at Massey Hall.

Massey Hall advertisements sometimes require a bit more work to identify, as they tended to list only the last name of the upcoming performer. For instance, here’s who was playing that night:

This was almost certainly Samson Pascal François (1924-1970). His Wikipedia page informs us that his “extravagant lifestyle, good looks, and passionate but highly disciplined playing gave him a cult status as a pianist”. His lifestyle must have been quite extravagant indeed, or perhaps he was cursed with a bad heart, as he suffered a heart attack on stage when he was only 44 years old. He passed away two years later.

The second notice also just included the performer’s last name, but, thankfully, it was more unusual:

Witold Małcużyński (1914-1977) was, indeed, born in Poland. He was in France when the Second World War broke out; when France surrendered, he and his wife escaped in a sealed train car to Portugal, and then eventually went to Argentina. He moved to the United States in 1942, and then to Switzerland after the war.

Apparently, according to Wikipedia, his piano playing was marked by great passion and poetry. YouTube has a number of links to his performances, including this one, so you can decide for yourself whether this is true.

Categories
Uncategorized

Now playing (1 of 2)

The January 12 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two notices of upcoming events at the Eaton Auditorium and two at Massey Hall. I’ll do the Eaton Auditorium ones today and the others tomorrow.

Cellist Zara Nelsova was scheduled to appear on Wednesday of that week:

Zara Nelsova (1918-2002) was born in Winnipeg, and moved to London when she was a child. She appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra when she was 13. During the war, she performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She moved back to London in 1949 and became an American citizen in 1955. During this time, she kept playing the cello, of course. She taught at the Juilliard School of Music in New York from 1962 until she passed away.

The edition also had an ad for the next performer who was to appear at the Eaton Auditorium:

Ricardo Odnoposoff (1914-2004) was born in Argentina. His family moved to Berlin, where he was a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 17. He performed with the Vienna State Opera from 1933 to 1938, when he was forced to return to Argentina because he was not an Aryan. He moved to the United States in the early 1940s and became an American citizen in 1953; shortly after that, he returned to Vienna, where he taught from 1956 to 1993. Photographs of him apparently show him playing the violin quite joyfully; a Google search didn’t find any particularly joyful pictures of him, but I’m willing to believe it nonetheless.

Categories
Uncategorized

Not on your life!

Here’s an ad from the September 28 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star for a tailor that had been on King Street a long time.

I couldn’t verify whether Score’s had been in business since 1787, but I did find Richard Score, a merchant tailor, in the 1846 Toronto city directory:

Obviously, by 1948, Mr. Score was no longer in charge of the establishment – the 1948 Toronto city directory lists Samuel Kalles as the president and A. G. Weston as the manager.

Score’s didn’t survive much longer – they are in the 1951 directory, but the 1952 directory lists Beauchamp & How Limited, merchant tailors, at 77 King West. I’m surprised that the new tenants didn’t try to attach themselves to the Score name – over a century on King Street is nothing to be sneezed at.

Categories
Uncategorized

Ethel and Albert

Here’s an ad from the September 28 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that I found amusing.

The Private Lives of Ethel and Albert, also called simply Ethel and Albert, was on network radio between 1944 and 1950, and on television from 1953 to 1956. Its creator and co-star, Peg Lynch, passed away in 2015 at the age of 98.

The Toronto School of Safer Driving changed managers at least once during its existence, as Allan Morgan was running it in 1949 and George Foote in the 1950s. It appears in the 1959 Toronto city directory but not in 1961.

Categories
Uncategorized

Radio’s most endearing wife

Here’s an ad for a radio show from the September 27 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

Claudia, also known as Claudia and David, originally appeared in 1941 with a different cast, and was rebroadcast in 1947 with the cast shown in this ad. According to this log, the show remained on the air until March 1949 after airing for 390 episodes.

CFRB had just moved to 1010 on the dial; from 1941 to 1948, the station had been at 860.

Categories
Uncategorized

Meet me soon

Here’s a somewhat mysterious ad from the September 27 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

I was curious, so I looked in the next day’s paper. It had this:

By now, I was more curious (which is the point of the ads, of course). The September 29 1948 paper resolved the mystery, as it was an ad for Morse Credit Jewellers, opening at that location.

Tracing Morse Credit Jewellers in the Toronto city directories: they had four outlets in 1956, including 282 Yonge. By 1960, they had five outlets, but the 282 Yonge location was gone. They had four outlets in 1965 and five outlets again in 1967, but they are not listed in the 1969 directory.

Categories
Uncategorized

Newest film light

Here’s a publicity photograph from the September 27 1948 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

Valentina Cortese (1923-2019) was involved in what used to be called a May-December romance early in her life: when she was 17, she started a relationship with conductor Victor de Sabata that lasted for eight years. She began her film career in Italy in 1941 and continued it, on multiple continents, until 1993. She passed away at the age of 96; sadly, she outlived her only child.

A search for Carlo Pavone, her leading man, was not that successful: I found an Internet Movie Database entry for somebody with that name, but this might not be the same person.