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  • Bev Leinbach
    Aloha Tom, I don t remember ever seeing that illustration of Don s. His are usually more intricate than that one is.not as many line and shapes ad Don used.
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 28, 2004
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      Aloha Tom,

      I don't remember ever seeing that illustration of Don's. His are usually
      more intricate than that one is.not as many line and shapes ad Don used.

      Hope you are doing well with your surgery.

      Bev.



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    • keith2draw
      Hope you re recovering well tj I m not trying to pinpoint anything from the SF Passenger lists...I was just playing around with a new feature on Ancestry.com,
      Message 2 of 12 , Sep 28, 2004
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        Hope you're recovering well tj

        I'm not trying to pinpoint anything from the SF Passenger lists...I
        was just playing around with a new feature on Ancestry.com, which I
        stumbled onto the other day. It doesn't really add anything to our
        timeline, except for the fact that Ida Blanding visited Don in 1917,
        which we didn't know before. I believe you can view an image of the
        ships log on Ancestry if you have a subscription, so no need to
        involve your friend (unless he can look up the ship's log from Dec.
        1916, when Don first arrived in Hawaii.)

        I can't decide if that woodblock is of Don's art or not. It looks
        kinda familiar, but that could be because the seller has listed it
        before on ebay. My books are still in boxes, but is it maybe from
        Today is Here??? Not sure.

        Keith
      • keith2draw
        Bev, Don s full-page illustrations were indeed more detailed than the one on ebay, but Don had many smaller drawings which appeared as decorations above or
        Message 3 of 12 , Sep 28, 2004
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          Bev,

          Don's full-page illustrations were indeed more detailed than the one
          on ebay, but Don had many smaller drawings which appeared as
          decorations above or below poems which were alot more simple like
          that. It looks familiar, but I just can't place it.

          Keith



          Bev said:
          > His are usually more intricate than that one is. Not as many line
          and shapes as Don used.
        • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
          My Master Mariner friend doesn t have any direct connections with such logs from that far back but he is checking around to see where such logs or info might
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            My Master Mariner friend doesn't have any direct connections with such logs from that far back but he is checking around to see where such logs or info might be held if it still exists. He said, "don't hold yer breath on it". As to the woodblocks; I emailed the seller again for more info. All he could tell me was that he has a total of 9 blocks including the one he has listed on ebay. He bought them in a lot from someone he thinks was named Earl Washington who was the grandson of the carver of the blocks. Maybe Keith the super slueth can do something with that name. Some of the blocks have DB's initials on them. He is going to email photo's of them all. I suggested that I might be interested in buying the lot if he was so inclined. This would be deeeeeep pockets for me but I'm beginning to believe that these are real and might even be older than we think. Once I get the photo's I can research it a bit more via DB's books. I have several other woodblocks but they are not individually carved one's like these. My woodblocks came from Da Box out of the Vagabond House Inn. The newly discovered ones would definetely be one of a kind originals, being carved into actual wood. Anyone recognize the type of wood on this block? Could it be Koa? I thought Walnut wood at first but can't tell for sure.....if Koa it might actually place it in the Islands???? tj
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            Don's full-page illustrations were indeed more detailed than the one <BR>
            on ebay, but Don had many smaller drawings which appeared as <BR>
            decorations above or below poems which were alot more simple like <BR>
            that. It looks familiar, but I just can't place it.<BR>
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            Keith<BR>
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            Bev said:<BR>
            > His are usually more intricate than that one is. Not as many line <BR>
            and shapes as Don used.<BR>
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          • Cadia Los
            He bought them in a lot from someone he thinks was named Earl Washington who was the grandson of the carver of the blocks. I have to agree that I don t
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              <I>He bought them in a lot from someone he thinks was named Earl
              Washington who was the grandson of the carver of the blocks.</I>

              I have to agree that I don't think this wood block can be attributed
              to Don Blanding. Even those with DB's initials may have no direct
              connection. Any woodcarver can copy an artist's work in another
              medium. It's called plagiarism.

              In a 6th grade art class, I remember making linoleum blocks and soap
              carvings based on existing artwork. The task was to transfer an
              image from one medium to another while being faithful to the
              original. It's much harder than creating one's own designs, believe
              me.

              Now, if you can establish that DB or his publisher commissioned the
              carver to produce wood blocks of his drawings, that's another story.
              Or if DB were the carver ... now that would be a find!

              I have sometimes wondered if DB himself might have dabbled in this
              medium; after all, as a youngster he worked in leather and the two
              processes are not so different. I do know that many people seem to
              think that the drawings in DB's books are made from wood blocks.
              That's so absurd I have to laugh aloud whenever I see the claim!

              Are these wood blocks worth the asking price? I doubt it. Before
              investing any cash, I would want to document the provenance of the
              blocks in much greater detail.

              ~~C~~
            • Cadia Los
              I queried my sister but she has dropped her Ancestry.com membership, which did not include the passenger lists database anyway. The passenger lists very well
              Message 6 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
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                I queried my sister but she has dropped her Ancestry.com membership,
                which did not include the passenger lists database anyway. The
                passenger lists very well may have been culled from the newspapers!

                Learning about Ida's visit to Honolulu is the big deal here. I
                haven't read 1917 S-B's yet, but I'm about to put October-December on
                my microfilm list.

                We know that DB arrived in Honolulu on December 22, 1916 aboard the
                Great Northern via Hilo, and that he could not afford to disembark
                there. The ship's departure from California should be easy to find
                in newspapers, especially since the Great Northern was a brand new
                ship.

                For both 1939 and 1940, I know DB's travel dates and the ship or
                clipper on which he traveled -- well documented in the Star-Bulletin
                with both articles and passenger lists.

                For 1925, I was able to deduce December but not the exact date, based
                on material from both 1925 and 1926. (Remember, DB apparently broke
                his engagement to Ruth and headed for Los Angeles to do the Hollywood
                bit.)

                Actually, I may still be able to find the date -- arrivals and
                departures are well documented in the S-B, even without passenger
                lists. Now knowing the ship's name, I can go back and find the 2 or
                3 dates in December that she left Honolulu.

                If actual ships' logs are available for perusal, they may yield
                additional interesting details. Personally, I'd love to find
                original records of the clippers -- is there a Pan Am collection
                somewhere?

                In any case, each little bit helps ... so keep digging!

                ~~C~~
              • John A. Swearingen
                ... and that he could not afford to disembark there. I m dense, so it will have to be explained to me what this means. Can you spare a moment to indulge me,
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                  " ... and that he could not afford to disembark there."

                  I'm dense, so it will have to be explained to me what this means. Can you spare a moment to indulge me, please ?
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: Cadia Los
                  To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:21 PM
                  Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: San Francisco passenger lists


                  I queried my sister but she has dropped her Ancestry.com membership,
                  which did not include the passenger lists database anyway. The
                  passenger lists very well may have been culled from the newspapers!

                  Learning about Ida's visit to Honolulu is the big deal here. I
                  haven't read 1917 S-B's yet, but I'm about to put October-December on
                  my microfilm list.

                  We know that DB arrived in Honolulu on December 22, 1916 aboard the
                  Great Northern via Hilo, and that he could not afford to disembark
                  there. The ship's departure from California should be easy to find
                  in newspapers, especially since the Great Northern was a brand new
                  ship.

                  For both 1939 and 1940, I know DB's travel dates and the ship or
                  clipper on which he traveled -- well documented in the Star-Bulletin
                  with both articles and passenger lists.

                  For 1925, I was able to deduce December but not the exact date, based
                  on material from both 1925 and 1926. (Remember, DB apparently broke
                  his engagement to Ruth and headed for Los Angeles to do the Hollywood
                  bit.)

                  Actually, I may still be able to find the date -- arrivals and
                  departures are well documented in the S-B, even without passenger
                  lists. Now knowing the ship's name, I can go back and find the 2 or
                  3 dates in December that she left Honolulu.

                  If actual ships' logs are available for perusal, they may yield
                  additional interesting details. Personally, I'd love to find
                  original records of the clippers -- is there a Pan Am collection
                  somewhere?

                  In any case, each little bit helps ... so keep digging!

                  ~~C~~







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                • kenneth klein
                  I can speak to the matter of how the drawings in Blanding s books were prepared, as I have the full set of original incidental (ie not full-page) drawings for
                  Message 8 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
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                    I can speak to the matter of how the drawings in Blanding's books were prepared, as I have the full set of original incidental (ie not full-page) drawings for <A Grand Time Living>. These were ink drawings on stiff board, which were then photographed for preparation of metal printing plates. The original drawings were much bigger than the images that were printed in the book. The watermelon slice in the book, for instance, fits on one page, but the original drawing is about a foot-and-a-half across. When my father was the printer for <The American Bard>, he had a large collection of Don Blanding metal print plates in his shop, as they were routinely included in the magazine. He returned these to Grace Callahan, I believe, following Edythe Hope Genee's death.

                    This doesn't mean, of course, that Don Blanding didn't carve wood blocks at some time. He had a lot of talents. But for book illustrations I think it is apparent that his medium was ink drawings.

                    --Ken Klein

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                    From: Cadia Los <duchess@...>
                    Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 10:54 am
                    Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: DB wood block

                    > <I>He bought them in a lot from someone he thinks was named Earl
                    > Washington who was the grandson of the carver of the blocks.</I>
                    >
                    > I have to agree that I don't think this wood block can be attributed
                    > to Don Blanding. Even those with DB's initials may have no direct
                    > connection. Any woodcarver can copy an artist's work in another
                    > medium. It's called plagiarism.
                    >
                    > In a 6th grade art class, I remember making linoleum blocks and soap
                    > carvings based on existing artwork. The task was to transfer an
                    > image from one medium to another while being faithful to the
                    > original. It's much harder than creating one's own designs, believe
                    > me.
                    >
                    > Now, if you can establish that DB or his publisher commissioned the
                    > carver to produce wood blocks of his drawings, that's another story.
                    > Or if DB were the carver ... now that would be a find!
                    >
                    > I have sometimes wondered if DB himself might have dabbled in this
                    > medium; after all, as a youngster he worked in leather and the two
                    > processes are not so different. I do know that many people seem to
                    > think that the drawings in DB's books are made from wood blocks.
                    > That's so absurd I have to laugh aloud whenever I see the claim!
                    >
                    > Are these wood blocks worth the asking price? I doubt it. Before
                    > investing any cash, I would want to document the provenance of the
                    > blocks in much greater detail.
                    >
                    > ~~C~~
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                  • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
                    The woodblock print appears in Today is Here, page 107. The book print doesn t have DB on it either. So, what you think folks?? tj ... From: Cadia Los
                    Message 9 of 12 , Sep 30, 2004
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                      The woodblock print appears in Today is Here, page 107. The book print doesn't have DB on it either. So, what you think folks?? tj

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                      <I>He bought them in a lot from someone he thinks was named Earl <BR>
                      Washington who was the grandson of the carver of the blocks.</I><BR>
                      <BR>
                      I have to agree that I don't think this wood block can be attributed <BR>
                      to Don Blanding.  Even those with DB's initials may have no direct <BR>
                      connection.  Any woodcarver can copy an artist's work in another <BR>
                      medium.  It's called plagiarism.<BR>
                      <BR>
                      In a 6th grade art class, I remember making linoleum blocks and soap <BR>
                      carvings based on existing artwork.  The task was to transfer an <BR>
                      image from one medium to another while being faithful to the <BR>
                      original.  It's much harder than creating one's own designs, believe <BR>
                      me.<BR>
                      <BR>
                      Now, if you can establish that DB or his publisher commissioned the <BR>
                      carver to produce wood blocks of his drawings, that's another story. <BR>
                      Or if DB were the carver ... now that would be a find!  <BR>
                      <BR>
                      I have sometimes wondered if DB himself might have dabbled in this <BR>
                      medium; after all, as a youngster he worked in leather and the two <BR>
                      processes are not so different.   I do know that many people seem to <BR>
                      think that the drawings in DB's books are made from wood blocks. <BR>
                      That's so absurd I have to laugh aloud whenever I see the claim!<BR>
                      <BR>
                      Are these wood blocks worth the asking price?  I doubt it.  Before <BR>
                      investing any cash, I would want to document the provenance of the <BR>
                      blocks in much greater detail.<BR>
                      <BR>
                      ~~C~~<BR>
                      <BR>
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                    • Cadia Los
                      John ... I d forgotton I have not yet transcribed an article published in the S-B on Christmas Day, 1954, entitled Don Blanding Recalls -- Christmas 1916, His
                      Message 10 of 12 , Oct 2, 2004
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                        John ...

                        I'd forgotton I have not yet transcribed an article published in the
                        S-B on Christmas Day, 1954, entitled "Don Blanding Recalls --
                        Christmas 1916, His First Holiday in Hawaii."

                        A brief excerpt:

                        Memories start in 1916. I was on my way for a visit home in Oklahoma
                        before returning for another year of study at the Art Institute of
                        Chicago with money earned in the harvest fields around Moose Jaw,
                        Canada.

                        Between trains in Kansas City, Missouri, I saw the stage show Bird of
                        Paradise starting Lenore Ulric with real Hawaiian singers and
                        dancers. Lenore pitched some fast curves which I caught . . . right
                        in my imagination which seethed like Kilauea in the act where
                        beautiful Luana barbecued herself in the lava pit of love.

                        I asked the ticket seller at the station, "Where's Honolulu and how
                        do I get there?"

                        "It's five days and $90, second cabin," he said. (How did he know
                        the size of my funds?) "The Great Northern is making a trip which
                        will get you there on December 22. Want it?"

                        Want it? It was the one thing that I had to have . . . at the time.

                        I wasn't much use to my folks during my brief visit. I was already
                        on my way to Hawaii except for moving the body.

                        The memories are coming fast and clear. The Great Northern put in at
                        Hilo before Honolulu on that trip.

                        I shall never forget the impact of the great green-blue cabachon of
                        mauna Loa against the raw turquoise sky of Hawaii. Unbelievable
                        blends of melted emeralds, sapphires and lapis lazuli were in the
                        waters. The coco palms on the shore waved with the luring grace of a
                        hula dancer's arms. Rich colors and fragrances were wafting
                        shipward, a potpourri of jungle, sea-weed, lava, cane and mixed lei-
                        perfume.

                        I didn't go ashore. The shore-trip cost money and I was saving my
                        limited funds for down payment on a little grass house in Honolulu.
                        Anyhow, I was getting about as much voltage as my wires could carry.
                        I had known the vast empty horizontals of the Western prairies, the
                        stark savage verticals of the Rocky Mountains and the fantasy and
                        strangeness of Yellowstone Park. But I had no preparation for the
                        lush, lavish beauty and the new dimensions of Hawaii. I stared until
                        my eyes must have gone out like telescopes from my face. Remember, I
                        was just 21 and a young 21 at that."

                        Blanding goes on:

                        Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve came on Sunday that year, so the
                        whoopee and hurraws were turned loose Saturday night. Quotes [from
                        the Advertiser or Star-Bulletin]: "Honolulu had Saturday night
                        preview of Sunday Night Christmas Eve. Because Saturday night would
                        be the last shopping night, Honolulu's stores were jammed. The
                        narrow sidewalks were crowded with last-minute shoppers and merry
                        makers."

                        With my conditioning of northern Christmases with holly, mistletoe,
                        snow, headcolds, long underwear, mufflers and sniffles, I kept
                        saying, as I wandered through that happy, good-natured throng, "This
                        is Mardi Gras. This isn't Christmas."

                        Two quibbles about this 1954 article. In 1916 DB was 22, not 21, and
                        Lenore Ulric did not appear in Bird of Paradise in Kansas City. (The
                        production had a different star that year.) At the very beginning of
                        the article, DB responds to his editor's question -- "When was your
                        first Christmas in Hawaii?" -- by saying, "In 1915 or 1916, I don't
                        remember which year."

                        In many other 1950s articles, DB accurately reflects on his age and
                        the passing years. I cannot quite fathom DB forgetting exactly when
                        he arrived in Hawaii!

                        ~~Cadia
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