Hello, all ...
I have finished reading microfilm from the Pacific Commercial
Advertiser (later known as the Honolulu Advertiser) for July 1 -
December 31, 1917.
Among the special bits I have found are a description of DB's
Laniakea studio, where he hosted a party for pianist Frank Moss on
August 3, and the details of his Army enlistment on December 15.
I have placed these articles in
Files > Publications > Honolulu Advertiser > 1917 Articles on Don
Still lots to sort through and decide what to publish. However, I
do want to let Yvette know that I found 11 poems by Herbert M.
Ayres, published between July 1 and November 18. Also, Micheal P.,
I have a number of articles about Twigg Smith's art, Army enlistment
There are also articles about art exhibits, theater, memorials to
Jack London, government commandeering of the Matson liners and the
Great Northern and Northern Pacific, the war effort and the social
scene. After mid-May, there were no more DB editorial cartoons;
that job went to H. Nelson Poole, an artist best known for his fine
etchings and brother of John Poole, an artist on the Star-Bulletin
staff. DB's decorative heading for the Society Section appeared
from time to time through the remainder of 1917.
As we already know, DB's mother, Ida Kimble Blanding, visited
Honolulu from September 18 to October 23. During that time, DB
appeared as the title character in the Lanai Players' production
of "The Perplexed Husband." That may have been the first and only
time she saw him on the stage outside of any school productions in
While DB may not have been directly involved in everything, I
believe he certainly was affected and influenced by his surroundings
and the people he met. Just being part of the Honolulu art scene
must have been a heady experience indeed!
One item I will publish is a lovely description of the lunar rainbow
that occurred during an eclipse near the end of December 1917. The
article is unsigned, and I doubt that DB wrote it, but his oft-
expressed love of lunar rainbows may have had its genesis that night.
More later ...