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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
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
      <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 2 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
        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,
        Message 3 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
          " ... 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 4 of 12 , Sep 29, 2004
            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

            ----- Original Message -----
            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 5 of 12 , Sep 30, 2004
              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

              -----Original Message-----
              From: Cadia Los <duchess@...>
              Sent: Sep 29, 2004 10:54 AM
              To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: DB wood block

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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 6 of 12 , Oct 2, 2004
                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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