- Mar 30, 2001I'm selling some Blanding items on Ebay:
Don Blanding designed brochure for Chin Chong the Candle Maker
# 1129021862 - ends Sunday, April 8th
Scarf of Stars, by Esther Baldwin York, Don Blanding illustrations
# 1129025135 - ends Sunday, April 8th
Vagabond's House CD Recording, dutch auction
# 1129026075 - ends Sunday, April 8th
Also, I called the library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, and was told that the Wampus Club (from 'Virgin of
Waikiki') stood for Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers,
and was basically a fraternal group of movie press agents, who were
mainly known then for annually picking thirteen Hollywood starlets
as the 'Wampus Babies' for that year. Ginger Rogers and Joan
Crawford were both Wampus Babies.
Blanding may have been a member of the Wampus Club...or may have just
been a guest speaker, invited to read his poetry.
After over a year of searching, I've finally come across another copy
of Fioretta; A Tale of Italy. This is the earliest known book that
Blanding illustrated (1922), and has a color painting of his
reproduced on the cover, as well as b&w drawings inside.
When I get it, likely next week, I will be placing it on ebay... up
for grabs to the highest bidder. I feel that, without a doubt, this
is Blanding's scarcest book. I only know of a handful of copies in
the entire country, mostly in the special collections of libraries.
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