The Toronto Daily Star used to print a poem every day on its editorial page as part of its A Little Of Everything section. The July 16 1949 edition contained this somewhat melancholy poem on the passage of time:


Looking back, I realized that I’ve seen a poem by B. H. Warr before, in a 1952 edition of the paper. Mr. Warr appears to be obsessed by the passage of time, and I can’t say as I blame him.


100 bachelors won’t marry

The July 16 1949 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this fascinating little article about a town in Minnesota that was filled with young bachelors.


Viking, Minnesota still exists – it had a population of 104 as of 2010. Of the 43 households, only 25.6% (11) were made up of individuals, so Viking has stopped being a town of bachelors for some time.

I did a Google search for Harold S. Kahm, and found a whole bunch of results, not all of which might have been for the same person. Someone by that name:


New Year’s Day 1949

The Toronto Globe and Mail published an edition on New Year’s Day, 1949.

There were a few standard New Year’s greetings from various advertisers. Here’s the one from Birks Jewellers.


There was also one from Holt Renfrew:


And, naturally, there were greetings from Eaton’s and Simpson’s:



You’ll notice that the Eaton’s and Simpson’s ads mention voting. That’s because 1949 was the last year on which the Toronto municipal election was held on New Year’s Day. (In 1950, the election was on January 2nd, and the election date was then moved to the first week in December.) The editorial cartoon for the day encouraged citizens to vote:


As did the editorial itself:


The Board of Trade encouraged people to vote for candidates that were not Communists:


(There actually were Communists running for office at the time.)

There were three pages of ads for various candidates (along with assorted other stuff):




Finally, the current mayor, Hiram McCallum, appealed to voters to pass a referendum to lengthen the term of office from one year to two.


Mr. McCallum made it back into office, but the referendum did not pass – the term of office did not change from one year to two years until 1956.

The complete results of the 1949 municipal election can be found here.


Entertainment in 1949

The February 17 1949 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two interesting ads for entertainers. One was for all the way out in Burlington, and featured that weird disembodied head look that sometimes appeared in ads at that time:


The other featured more conventional headshots:


Both of the entertainers featured here were (arguably) on the downside of their careers when they appeared live in the GTA. Sully Mason (1906-1970) was one of the singers in Kay Kyser‘s band during the Second World War, and Valaida Snow (1904-1956) was a multi-instrumentalist (focusing on trumpet), singer, and dancer who toured the world in the late 1920s and 1930s. Tragically, both of them died relatively young with the same cause of death: a cerebral hemorrhage.

I could find nothing definite about Dusty Brooks. I’ve found links on IMDb and AllMusic, but I don’t know if either of them are for this Dusty Brooks.

Of course, YouTube has links: