Honolulu city directories
Have just learned that the National Archives & Records Administration
(NARA) has obtained city directories circa 1930 for a number of
American cities. They have been microfilmed and are available at the
13 Regional Facilities.
Of particular interest is the listing for Honolulu directories 1927-
1934. Who knows who and what we could locate!
I won't have an opportunity to visit the National Archives here in
Seattle until at least mid-February, so if anyone else would like to
start some research, that would be great!
I have photocopies of Blanding's addresses from the Honolulu
directories for the years 1917-1928, as well as for several other
people. I'll dig those up and post tomorrow.
As promised, here are the Honolulu City Directory entries:
Blanding Donald, artist Hawn Gazette Co, rms The Wolters
Blanding Donald B, painter Tom Sharp, rms 1041 Alakea
Blanding Donald, designer Gurrey's Ltd, bds 1041 Alakea
Blanding Ida K (wid Hugh R), r 1041 Alakea
Blanding James K, framer Gurrey's Ltd, bds 1041 Alakea
Blanding Donald, ad writer C R Frazier Co, r 250g Kaiulani av
Blanding Ida K (wid Hugh R), bds 250g Kaiulani av
Blanding James K, clk C R Frazier Co, bds 250g Kaiulani av
Blanding Ida K (wid Hugh R) rms 1111 Union
" James K librarian C R Frazier & Co, rms 1111 Union
Blanding Don Artist 403 Boston bldg, Tel 6042 r 1063 Lunalilo
" Ida K (wid Hugh R) r 1063 Lunalilo
" James K librarian C R Frazier Co r 1063 Lunalilo
Blanding Ida K (wid Hugh R) r 1106 Punchbowl
" James K librarian Mellen Associates r 1106 Punchbowl
Blanding Don slsmn Hon S-B r The Wolters apts
Blanding Don with Hon S-B
NOTES: All entries are typed exactly as they appeared. I'm curious
where 'The Wolters' was? The indication is that his brother James AND
his mother Ida BOTH passed away in 1926. Tom Sharp owned a sign
company, and somewhere Blanding mentioned that he painted signs to
make a living. Gurrey's was an art shop in Honolulu. Blanding
designed souvenirs for them. George Mellen took over the Charles R.
Frazier advertising agency in 1925 or 1926...he must have kept James
on. Blanding left Hawaii in 1924...and 1926. We know that in 1926 he
was in Los Angeles...but where was he in 1924. New York? He mentions
NY in Paradise Loot.
I have an answer to your question (message #2795):
"...but where was he in 1924. New York? He mentions NY in Paradise
I have just started reading the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1925. On
January 20, the following item appears:
DON BLANDING COMING
BACK TO HAWAII SOON
Don Blanding, former Honolulu artist and writer, will soon return to
the islands after about eight months' absence. He went to Europe
last summer for study, stayed awhile in London and Paris, and
returned to new York late last fall. He is returning to Hawaii to
join the staff of the Charles R. Frazier Co. He is expected next
A second item appears in the February 4, 1925 edition:
DON BLANDING WRITES
OF COLORFUL MARKETS
FOUND IN HONOLULU
Don Blanding, former Honolulan, is the author of a feature story in a
recent issue of the New York Herald Tribune entitled "Social and
Esthetic Pleasure to Market in Honolulu." It deals with the
picturesque phases of marketing here and is filled with local color.
Blanding, who went to Europe last year for art studies, is returning
to Honolulu the end of this month.
I'm preparing for this weekend's Tacoma Dome antiques show and will
not have an opportunity to read more S-B microfilm until next
Monday. I'll try to locate the Herald Tribune article -- probably
late January 1925 -- though I'm not sure the Seattle library has
microfilm for the Herald Tribune.
Anyone have direct and immediate access to the Trib?
- Thanks Cadia,
That certainly fills a hole in my timeline. I might try and see if
any European art schools existing from that time period have records
of Blanding attending in either 1919 or 1924.
I thought you might like those little tidbits! In the next week or
so I'll be reading February-April 15, 1925, microfilm and hope there
will be more details about DB's sojourn in Europe and New York.