|Don Blanding at a book signing in Hawaii in the early 1950s, from the Honolulu Advertiser|
As a young man in the midwest, Blanding saw a play set in Hawaii and promptly hightailed it to paradise. The First World War interrupted his island sojourn but enabled him to travel the world for a few years, after which he returned to Hawaii. He worked for an advertising firm in Honolulu, where his poetical ads gained him some local renown. Blanding had a knack for rhyming couplets. His poetry was straightforward, easily understood and usually about a happy, pretty subject--a recipe for popularity at the time.
|Two note cards from Vagabond Notes. The images are separate pieces of paper, so the glue has darkened over time on some, as you see at the top corners of the image on the right.|
|This design was used on a dinnerware pattern for Vernon Kilns|
|Blanding suggested the idea for Lei Day, now a state holiday in Hawaii celebrated on May 1|
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