When I was comparing the famous photo of Don at the typewriter I was looking at the window behind him and the structure of room #5 of the Vagabond House Inn and it looks remarkably similar to this day to the image in this photo. I decided it must have been taken in this room after looking at everything I could. The current Pine Cone Reporter, Margo, also said it looked remarkably similar. She took several photo's toward the window with me sitting in the approximate location of DB, but it is at best an educated guess. The photo appears in his 1950 book, A Grand Time Living. It would be interesting to know the name of the photographer, that might help date the photo etc. I'm looking through my Pine Cone articles and the scrapbook I own to see if I can put better dates on this. Don came in and out of Carmel regularly to visit friends and promote his newest book. I don't believe he ever owned another house in Carmel after selling to the Spencers. DB was definetely with EHG during this time and she also frequented Carmel. I was told by a Mrs. Brown (in her 90's now), previous owner of the Vagabond House Inn that EHG and DB were quite an item in Carmel and that they frequently stayed at the Vagabond House Inn. But, she owned it in the early 50's not the 40's. The Inn is not too far from Don's Vagabond House and could qualify as being "right around the corner". I'm not so certain that EHG and DB would have been so friendly in 1944 as to stay in the same room. I sort of doubt that. Thats all I know of, coming off the top of my head right now.
From: keith2draw <keith2draw@...
Sent: Jan 6, 2005 7:21 AM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Don Blanding in Carmel, 1944
I did a search on this website and came up with the following <BR>
message from Jim Whiteley in Aug. 2000:<BR>
In a letter to Lucille Henderson, August 10, 1944 (the return address<BR>
is Drawer U, Carmel, Calif.) Don mentions Vagabond's House:<BR>
Helen Spencer is carrying on the business, but Bob has been in<BR>
the Army, mostly at Camp Hulen down near the Gulf (and is it hot and<BR>
muggy THERE), and very homesick. I live around the corner from what<BR>
was Vagabond's House. Helen has made it over to suit them..which is<BR>
right and proper, but it is not remotely my Vagabond's House any<BR>
longer..but I never did do any regretting. It served its purpose,<BR>
and I often go in and out of the house quite forgetting that it was<BR>
ever mine. We never really own anything anyhow, and the sooner we<BR>
learn that the better off we'll be, especially in human relations.<BR>
There's a horrible murder case pending here right now , due to<BR>
possessiveness of a human life.<BR>
I also just dug up an article from the Monterey Peninsula Herald on <BR>
March 2, 1944:<BR>
DON BLANDING IS BACK IN CARMEL -- AND VERY GLAD OF IT<BR>
The article indicated that he was back to stay, indefinately (or at <BR>
least for a few months.) I'll see what other info I have in my files.<BR>
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