Happy Thanksgiving! Photos, Inscriptions, Names, Archives
- Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with
family and friends.
If you're setting your table with Coral Reef, Lei Lani, Hawaiian
Flowers or any of Don Blanding's designs, I hope you'll take lots of
photos and post them in the Members' Photos file. Even if you're
using other dishes, I'd love to see some people pix!
Just thought of another way to track DB's travels, not foolproof but
it might help. He frequently inscribed books to people and included
a date, sometimes a place. I suspect many of the books were signed
during book tours around the country. Would you look through your DB
books and compile a list of such inscriptions to post here? Book
name, edition, person's name, location and date, as available.
Bev and I have located a Mainland copy of the 1929-1967 Index to the
Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin. It's in the
University of California, Berkeley, Main Library News/Microfilm
I already have a list of more than 65 Blanding citations from the
Index (via Honolulu Community College ... thanks to librarian Irene)
for 1930-1960 and a few from later 1980s Indices. What I'd like to
compile now is a list of names or subjects associated with both
Blanding and Hawaii. I know they are scattered through over 1870
messages here. Examples: Sawtelle, Creager, Hull....
Would each of you contribute a short list of names/subjects? Then
with that list someone closer to Berkeley than Bev can visit the
library and make photocopies of the relevant Index pages and
circulate them to the group. Armed with these Index pages, any of us
can order microfilm via interlibrary loan, pull copies of articles
and make them available to group members. UC Berkeley also has
Advertiser/S-B microfilm from mid-1948 onward. I am not sure if they
also have the post-1967 Index.
Good news: My contact at the University of Hawaii confirms they have
microfiche from the Advertiser/S-B archives. (The archives that a
certain researcher said were not available to the public!) They have
pulled 155 pages of articles related to Don Blanding and are awaiting
my order and payment for photocopies. This material, from 1939
onward, is not indexed, so they cannot determine exactly what's
included without reading each file. There may be some duplication of
material I already have, but that's a small matter. What it means is
that I will not have to order and read quite so much microfilm!
At some point, we may be able to follow the same procedure with names
or subjects other than "Blanding."
So, once you relax after the turkey feast, it's list-making time,
- Hi Cadia,
Happy Thanksgiving to you. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in
October so my turkey dinner has been well digested for a long time now.
In regards to the timeline of DB's travels, I've been watching to see who
would remember that you have a postcard in your My Glass Duchess site
written by DB from Calgary just a month before he died. It is addressed to
Lillian Meade in Houston, Texas. Had you forgotten it?
- -I have two books signed by Don Blanding on April 14, 1947 when he was
in Oklahoma City. I also have a newspaper clipping, probably from the
Daily Oklahoman, written by Beatrice Stahl entitled "Blanding Believes
in Dreams" and it was written shortly after his April 14 Visit in
Oklahoma City. The article is about his beliefs and his letters that
were carved across the front of the fireplace mantel in Vagabond's