I've almost finished reading the measly 2 reels of 1920 Star-
Bulletin microfilm that arrived last week. I thought, in fact,
that I would finish this afternoon, since the box of the second reel
was supposed to be only through July 10.
But surprise! It appears to include film through the end of July.
Very little in this batch, which was not unexpected since I knew DB
was still in the Rockford, Illinois, area as late as February 1920.
But, again, surprise! DB arrived back in Honolulu aboard the Matson
steamer Manoa on June 29, 1920:
"Donald Blanding, who was cartoonist for the Advertiser in 1916
[sic], came back to the islands to paint island scenery and do
illustrations for mainland magazines."
The first two days out of San Francisco, the Manoa ran into a
northwest gale that "laid all but the best sailors low in their
bunks with mal de mer." No wonder DB did not have such fond
memories of steamer travel!
The fleet was visiting Honolulu during early July so the July 4th
holiday weekend must have been especially festive.
By coincidence, Grace Tower Warren, her husband John and their two
young daughters Katherine and Marion left on June 30 for a five-
month mainland trip. According to the Society pages, Mr. and Mrs.
H. P. Agee (Fanny Heaslip Lea) were in residence.
Bev, I received the packet of photocopies when I picked up my mail
today. Thank you for all the work I know it took to get readable
copies of those 1954 DB columns. The 1946 article reprinted from the
Hollywood Citzen-News contains wonderful details about how DB went
about his work as an artist and writer. And, at last, the December
1, 1956, column I've been missing for so long -- loved the comments
on NYC traffic and the so-called Hawaiian Salad! Time to rev up my
typing fingers ...
I'm preparing a packet of Armine items for you; glad I waited a bit
because I found an item today on the 1920 microfilm. She and her
father were returning from a trip to Australia and New Zealand.
More soon ...