[aloha-donblanding] Re: Magic Carpet
- I have a notecard with the same illustration. DB used them to
announce publication of new books. However, sometimes the "handwritten" note is actually
a printd message, not individually handwritten.
The draft of the poem appears to be real; one would need to compare handwriting
samples to be sure. Before the easy availability photocopiers, it was a common
practice to "copy out" recipes, poems, etc., from various sources. I used to do
it all the time, and in going through my mother's papers, I found all kinds of
handwritten material -- in her hand, but not composed by her.
If you can authenticate an actual draft of the poem, that would be a real find,
> Before the easy availability photocopiers, it was a commonI'm not sure, but I get the feeling this one is authentic. The photo
> practice to "copy out" recipes, poems, etc., from various sources.
shows lines crossed out and various editing notations. This would not
have been done with someone simply copying a poem. Also, I think it was
mentioned that it was written on the back of a phone pad. I can just
picture Don Blanding sitting in a hotel room somewhere jotting down an
inspiration on the most readily available scrap of paper... a phone
pad. As far as I know, this poem did not appear before 'Vagabond's
House', which would date it around 1928. He would have still been in
Hawaii, or in his Hollywood Vagabond House.
Maybe we should all pool our money together and buy it? Start a Don
Blanding museum with some of TJ's stuff as well.
- I've been emailing the owner of the handwritten poem by DB. I have come to
my own conclusion that it is authentic. Why it is stuffed into some book
might be a mystery. I will probably bid on it, but haven't made that