3991Re: Honolulu Star Bulletin 1923 and 1928
- Apr 28, 2006Cadia,
Great find on the Honolulu/Seattle stuff.
I knew Don had spent awhile in Seattle, but I didn't realize he had left as early as mid-July,
1928. He had had a busy summer what with the first Lei Day and the musical production
of Hula Moon...he probably needed a break. He signed his Vagabond's House agreement
with Dodd, Mead & Comany on June 6th and probably got a good cash advance to travel
with. Did he return then for the funeral?
I'm not so sure Orre Nobles' Olympia Mansion was the actual artist's coloney...although it
may have been. I know Don was friends with the Chase brothers in Seattle. Waldo Chase
and W. Corwin Chase were artist's who formed a colony of sorts in a teepee on the bank of
some river (I forget which one) and I know that Don visited their studio in 1928.
The famous photo of Don in a raincoat which was printed on his Vagabond's House
promotional postcards was taken by a well known photographer in Seattle while he stayed
there. Also, it's said the first printed copy Don saw of Vagabond's House was in a Seattle
window, and his first lecture was held in Seattle too, at the home of a socialite. It's
interesting to hear that Earl Cohan was there with him too. They went to New York
together and founded the studio there.
So I think Don had a busy four or five months in Seattle and I'd like to do a little more
digging in your neck of the woods.
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