Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Honolulu Star Bulletin 1923 and 1928
- Interesting connections. I see you are from San
Rafael. I have family in San Anselmo and they have an
office in San Rafael. I've been doing some research
on the Bohemian art colony days of Carmel/Monterey
from 1900-1914ish. Really interesting times and
people. Carmel was an early art colony of sorts
especially after the 1906 earthquake forced them out
of SF. One person that influenced the young DB was
John L. Stoddard who later lived in Carmel with the
Bohemian bunch of which Jack London was the most
--- SSchnei548@... wrote:
TJ = The book I referred to is about Orre Nelson
Nobles, currently being
written by a man in Union, Washington. I have spent
the last year trying to
help him with information regarding the Nobles family
and their Hood Canal home.
As a kid, I remembered seeing a framed hand written,
by DB, poem to Orre
about his Vagabond's House, hung on the wall over the
guest book in "Olympus
Manor's" music room. The manor burned and most
everything was lost, however,
Orre found the frame and although burned around the
edges was still readable.
He had it reframed and kept it until he died. Last
year I was able to purchase
that as well as the picture of DB that Keith used for
his book from a book
dealer in Georgia of all places.
The Manor has quite a history as an artist colony in
the 20's and on.
Enough of my rambling - if you are interested in
regarding the book, etc. I'm happy to share. You might
check out the U of W archives
- just put in Orre Nelson Nobles and chick on U of W
pictures and archives.
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- Keith ...
I'm still digging! The S-B provides a further note about DB and
Cohan's Seattle sojourn, by way of Clifford Gessler's September 8,
1928, "Slants" column:
"Absence Not Permanent
"Don Blanding writes from Seattle to reassure Honolulu friends that
he was misquoted in the interview in a Seattle paper, recently
reprinted here, and adds that he is doing his best to counteract that
story by talking about Hawaii at clubs and schools and on the radio.
The undersea panels executed by Blanding and Earl Cohan shortly
before leaving here are on display in a Seattle store. Don says,
however, that he and Cohan will return to Honolulu, probably in the
Of course, as we know, DB did not return to the Islands again until
he arrived for Lei Day, 1937.
Which day, we all failed to note here yesterday ... a belated Aloha,
Happy Lei Day to all!