Happy Birthday, Don Blanding!
- Hello, all ...
I can't believe I let November 7 slide by without acknowledging DB's
birthday! This would have been his 112th. Sounds like a long time
ago but, to keep it in perspective, I like to remember that my own
youngest grandparent was 6 years old when DB was born in 1894.
Today's my first weekday off in nearly 6 weeks, so I'll be at the
library this afternoon to finish reading microfilm from the 1921
We already know that DB's parents and brother arrived in Honolulu in
June 1921, and that his father passed away several days later.
I've now confirmed that DB was back in Honolulu by early February
1921 -- he was appearing in a tableau at a Valentine's Day ball
sponsored by the Outdoor Circle. Since there was no mention of DB's
arrival in January, I imagine that he may have returned to Honolulu
in late 1920.
On November 2, 1921, DB -- "artist, designer and illustrator" --
delivered the principal address at the weekly Ad Club luncheon, "his
subject being the psychology of color as applied to display
The November 5 edition mentions that DB is to open an evening class
on "The Theory of Color" at Gurrey's Studio the following week. It
is interesting to note that, at the time, Gurrey's was exhibiting "a
distinguished group of painters of the far west" known collectively
as the Taos society. Among them are Joseph H. Sharp, W. Herbert
Dunton, Robert Henri and Ernest L. Blumenschein.
On December 3, there's a short article that begins
"Ye gods and little fishes!
A. R. Gurrey's store looks like the aquarium.
"The artistically artistic Don Blanding, aided and abetted by Mae
Frazer, who is as artistically artistic as the Deboonair Don, and
then some, have painted fishes on everything in the place."
On December 8, DB was the "hero" in a Footlights Club presentation
of "Enter the Hero" by Theresa Helburn, the drawing room comedy's
first production in Honolulu.
I have still to read the rest of December 1921 but, so far, that's
all I have found about DB that year.
Happy Birthday, DB!