San Francisco Passenger Lists on Ancestry.com
- A new service on Ancestry...unfortunately, I'm not a subscriber any
more, so I can't delve any deeper than this:
Don Blanding, Dec 1925, Honolulu, Hawaii, Manoa
Don Blanding, Sep 1939, Honolulu, Hawaii USA, Honolulu Clipper
Don Blanding, Feb 1940, Honolulu, Hawaii, Philippine Clipper
Ida Blanding, Oct 1917, Honolulu, Hawaii, Wilhelmina
Cadia, did we know that Ida visited Don back in 1917? It would have
been a couple of months before he joined the army.
- Here's a look at the S.S. Wilhelmina, on which Ida returned to San
Francisco in October 1917:
That may have been one of the ship's last sailings before becoming a
Note, also, the attribution ... talk about serendipity!
- Very observant Cadia. I've known about Frederick E. Emmons, and his
two authoratative books on Ocean Liners, for a number of years. He
has one on Atlantic liners, and one on Pacific liners. I
occasionally type in my last name on ebay searches, and often come
up with one of his volumes.
The other prominent Emmons who comes up in Hawaii-related seaches is
General Delos C. Emmons, who took over at Pearl Harbor ten days
after the bombing.
I'm with you all on the wood carving issue. I've talked with a
number of folks over the last few years who have obtained caches of
woodcarvings which represent Blanding artwork. Since his books were
reproduced using modern lithographic methods, I doubt the blocks
were used to reproduce any of his books (at least the later ones
It's possible Don made some blocks himself, or hired someone to make
them, if he was producing prints as gifts for close friends, but it
seems he usually used local printshops for such matters and didn't
really have the time for such laborous activities, what with his
rigorous lecture schedule and other commitments.
I think the blocks are copies made by other artists for their own
purposes, much like the modern rubber stamp companies are using
Don's artwork in their inventory of stamp designs.