Very observant Cadia. I've known about Frederick E. Emmons, and his
two authoratative books on Ocean Liners, for a number of years. He
has one on Atlantic liners, and one on Pacific liners. I
occasionally type in my last name on ebay searches, and often come
up with one of his volumes.
The other prominent Emmons who comes up in Hawaii-related seaches is
General Delos C. Emmons, who took over at Pearl Harbor ten days
after the bombing.
I'm with you all on the wood carving issue. I've talked with a
number of folks over the last few years who have obtained caches of
woodcarvings which represent Blanding artwork. Since his books were
reproduced using modern lithographic methods, I doubt the blocks
were used to reproduce any of his books (at least the later ones
It's possible Don made some blocks himself, or hired someone to make
them, if he was producing prints as gifts for close friends, but it
seems he usually used local printshops for such matters and didn't
really have the time for such laborous activities, what with his
rigorous lecture schedule and other commitments.
I think the blocks are copies made by other artists for their own
purposes, much like the modern rubber stamp companies are using
Don's artwork in their inventory of stamp designs.