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DON BLANDING
Career


1912
Lore Yearbook

Lawton High School, Lawton, Oklahoma Territory
Blanding was editor, art director, and provided cover and inside illustrations

1913
Newspaper illustration

The Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon
Blanding provided cartoons and decorations for this local newspaper
Poster design

Corkett's Cafe, Bend, Oregon
Blanding designed five promotional posters for this local cafe

1915 ca
Set design

"Publico," by Ben Hecht
Blanding provided background design for the set of this theatrical production

1917
Newspaper illustration

The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory
Blanding provided cartoons and decorations for the newspaper

1919
Advertising design

Chicago & Rockford, Illinois vicinity
Blanding designed posters and advertising items for local businesses

1920
Design work

Rockford Art Guild, Rockford, Illinois
Blanding designed decorations for the local Mardi Gras Festival

1921
Advertising design

Charles R. Frazer Advertising Company, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory
Blanding designed ad work for various local businesses

Advertising copywriter

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory
Blanding wrote a daily poem for two years, concerning the soup powder, Aji-no-moto

1922
Fioretta (O Cessate di Piagarmi); A Tale of Italy

Written by Betty Thorpe (age 11)
Honolulu Publishing Company, Limited, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, hardback, 63 pages
Blanding painted a full-color portrait on cover, as well as black & white decorations throughout

1923
Leaves from a Grass-House

Cross-Roads Studios, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, Printed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Publishing Co.
Private printing limited to 2,000 copies, softcover in grass-like covering, 57 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume. Illustrations by other artists
also, the following edition in the same year:
Leaves from a Grass-House
Patten & Co., Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, Printed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Publishing Co.
Softcover in grass-like covering, 59 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume. Illustrations by other artists
1925
Paradise Loot
Patten Company, Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, Printed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Press - softcover, 57 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided several full-page illustrations
Additional illustrations and decorations by other artists
Tropics Topics Revue
Junior League of Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory
Blanding wrote music for and produced this musical revue, along with other musicians
Sea Loot from Hawaiian Waters
ASIA Magazine, July 1925, Volume 25, Number 7, page 582
Asia Magazine, Inc., New York, printed in Concord, New Hampshire
Blanding wrote this article, and provided illustrations
Alohaland; For Voice and Piano
Musical Score by R. Alex Anderson, Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, 3 pages
Blanding provided the cover illustration for this piece of sheet music
Design work
Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, and vicinity
Blanding owned a design company called Don Blanding Ideas
Set design (ca 1925)
"Pele; Dance of the Volcano Goddess," by Ruth St. Denis
Blanding provided background design for the set of this dance production
1926
Flowers of the Rainbow
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaiian Territory, Printed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Publishing Co. - softcover, 59 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided several full-page illustrations, some in color.
Additional decorations and photography by other artists.

The Virgin of Waikiki; A Torrid Tragedy of the Tropics
Private printing, Wampus Club, Los Angeles, California - hand-sewn in boards, 13 pages
Blanding wrote this poem, which was published in book form, un-illustrated
also, the following edition
in the same year:
The Virgin of Waikiki; A Torrid Tragedy of the Tropics
David Graham Fischer Corporation, Hollywood, California - softcover bound with string, 13 pages
Blanding wrote this poem, which was published in book form, un-illustrated
1928
Vagabond's House
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 114 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

1929
Living Jewels of Hawaiian Seas
Travel Magazine, December 1929, Volume 54, pages 17-20
Robert M. McBride & Co., Inc., New York
Blanding wrote this article, and provided illustrations

1930
Hula Moons
Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 303 pages
Blanding wrote this book of prose, designed the cover, and provided  illustrations and decorations
There is also a full-color reproduction of a painting by Blanding and Earl Cohan-Challenger

Pig and Poi in Paradise
ASIA Magazine, July 1930, Volume 30, Number 7, page 471
Asia Magazine, Inc., New York, printed in Concord, New Hampshire
Blanding wrote this article, and provided illustrations

1931
Songs of the Seven Senses; Including Farewell to Vagabond's House
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 121 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Stowaways in Paradise; Two Boy Adventurers in Hawaii
Cosmopolitan Book Corp., New York, Printed by J. J. Little & Ives Co., New York - hardback, 233 pages
Blanding wrote this story for the juvenile market, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

1933
Let Us Dream
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 120 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

The Picture Bridge
The Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, California - hardback, 41 pages
Blanding provided poetry to accompany paintings by Frank. N. Moore

Threads and Shadows of 1932-33; An anthology of contemporary poetry
Edited by James Neill Northe, Herald-Silhouettes Press, Ontario, California - hardback, 115 pages
Includes three poems by Don Blanding, reprinted from Let Us Dream:
Blood on Orchids
, page 13; Let Us Dream, page 61; Dark Thorn Flower, page 79

1934
Land of Gold; (Tierra de Oro)
Edited by James Neill Northe, Herald-Silhouettes Press, Ontario, California - hardback, 161 pages
Blanding provided poetry, and full-page illustrations. Also includes poetry by other authors.

1935
Memory Room
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 126 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Ripe Breadfruit
Fiction by Armine von Tempski, Dodd, Mead & Co., New York,  - hardback, 376 pages
Blanding provided illustration and decorations for this volume
(uncredited)
Crystal Vision
Poetry by Eugenia T. Finn, Silhouettes Press, Ontario, California - hardback, 107 pages
Blanding provided the frontispiece illustration for this volume

Gonfalon
Poetry by Margaret Scott Copeland & James Neill Northe, Service Press, Ontario, California - hardback, 125 pages
Limited to 250 signed copies
Blanding provided the frontispiece illustration, and two poems are dedicated to him:
"I Have Said a Word to Beauty" and "Puppets Carved in Fun"

Wings Against Dawn; A Collection of Poems
Poetry by Arthur Truman Merrill, Silhouettes Press, Ontario, California - hardback, 153 pages
Blanding provided the frontispiece illustration
for this volume
Verses of the Little Days
Poetry by Francesca Blake Hawes, The Kaleidograph Press, Dallas, Texas - hardback, 144 pages
Blanding did not contribute to this volume, but "Don 'Pollo Belvedere" was written about him

Anthology of Poetry; by Oklahoma Writers - Volume Five
Edited by Aletha Caldwell Conner, Times Journal Publishing Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - hardback, 150 pages
Includes the reprinted poem "Driftwood" by Blanding, along with a photo and brief biography

1936
Pictures of Paradise; Moods and Moments in Hawaii
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 72 pages
Blanding provided poetry to accompany photographs by Frank. S. Warren

The Best Loved Poems of the American People
Selected by Hazel Felleman, Doubleday and Company, Inc., New York, Printed by Country Life Press, Garden City, New York
Hardback, 670 pages. Includes reprint of poem "Vagabond's House" by Blanding, page 449-454

1937
The Rest of the Road
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 143 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

The Desk Drawer Anthology; Poems for the American People
Compiled and selected by Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Theodore Roosevelt
Doubelday & Doran, Garden City, New York - hardback, 396 pages
Reprint of poem "Childhood Reds" by Blanding, page 14

1938
A Talisman; from a Window in Vagabond's House
Carmel Pine Cone, Carmel, California - softcover
Don provided text and illustrations for this souvenir booklet with medallion

1939
Drifter's Gold
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 142 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

The North American Book of Verse; Volume Three
Edited by Henry Harrison, Poetry Publisher, New York, 1939 - hardback, 459 pages
Includes the reprinted poem "Foreboding" by Blanding

1940
Famous Recipes by Famous People
Edited by Herbert Cerwin for Sunset Magazine, Published by Lane Publishing Co., San Francisco, California - hardback, 62 pages
Blanding provided the recipe "Turkey at Vagabond's House," page 31

1941
Floridays
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 127 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Attack That Pest, Attack and Fight; Attack the Growing Billboard Blight
National Roadside Council - brochure
Blanding provided reprint of poem 'Sign of the Times,' and illustration

Fishin' at Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce Chamber of Commerce, printed by the Fort Pierce News-Tribune - 24 Pages
Blanding provided reprints of poetry & illustrations, including "Fishin' in de Ditch" & Cap'n Whizz Says."

Sincerely Yours; A Collection of Favorite Recipes of Well-Known Persons
Compiled by Bess Boardman, printed at the Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - spiral-bound hardback, 56 pages
Blanding provided the recipe "Pocketbook Steaks"

Poems that Touch the Heart
Compiled by A. L. Alexander, Garden City Publishing, 1941
Blanding provided the reprinted poem "Aloha Oe."

1943
Pilot Bails Out
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 85 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Choric Interludes; Poetry Arranged for Times and Seasons
Edited by Mildred J. Keefe, Expression Company, Boston, Massachusetts - hardback, 352 pages
Includes the reprinted poem "Foreboding" by  Blanding

Yankee Doodles; A Book of American Verse
Edited by Ted Malone, Whittlesey House, London/McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York - hardback, 246 pages
Includes reprinted poem  "Hollywood" by Blanding, page 198

1944
Elena's Famous Mexican & Spanish Recipes
Written by Elena Zelayeta, published by Pretice Hall - spiral-bound hardback, 127 pages
Blanding provided the introductory poem, a reprint
1945
Don Blanding As Soldiers and Poets Know Him
Article by Jack Gormley in Embers Magazine, Volume 3, Number 3, May-June 1945, page 15
Embers Magazine, Batavia, New York
Includes a cover and inside photograph, as well as the reprinted poem "Be With Us Lord, In Times of Peace"

1946
Today is Here
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 143 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, and provided  illustrations and decorations
Cover design by Val Samuelson

A Talisman For You
Castle Company, Los Angeles, California - booklet, 8 pages
Blanding wrote the text and provided an illustration

Castle Cards
Blanding designed a line of full-color greeting cards, from reprinted material

Adventure's in Poetry
Edited by Ted Malone, William Morrow and  Company, Inc. - hardback, 329 pages
Includes reprinted poems "Haunted Heart" page 186; "Dreamer" page 243; "A Dreamer Walks" page 244, 
and "I Believe" page 278, all by Blanding

1947
Brief Aprils; A Volume of Many-Mooded Poems

Poetry by Edythe Hope Genee
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 143 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations and decorations, as well as a forward

In an Old Hawaiian Garden; An Album of Hawaii's Flowers
R. Allen Watkins, Honolulu, Hawaii - hardback, 37 pages
Blanding provided poetry to accompany paintings by T. J. Mundorff

1948
Mostly California
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York - hardback, 158 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Command The Stars
Poetry by Ruby Altizer Roberts, Wings Press, Mill Valley, California - hardback, 143 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations and decorations
Listen! The Night; An Anthology of Verse from The Poet's Workshop 1947-48
Hollywood, California Adult Evening School, Cloister Press, Hollywood, California - hardback, 72 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations for this volume
Poetry written by various students who took the verse-writing class

Masterpieces of Religious Verse
Edited by James Dalten Morrison, Harper, New York - hardback
Includes reprinted poems "A Journey Ends" and "Soldier, What Did You See?" by Blanding

1949
Of Little Songs and Other Poems
Poetry by Elinor Edith Henry Brown, The Camas Press, North Hollywood, California - hardback, 48 pages
Blanding provided illustrations and a forward
Dusk Holds the Nightingale; An Anthology of Verse from The Poet's Workshop 1948-49
Hollywood, California Adult Evening School, Cloister Press, Hollywood, California - hardback, 88 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations for this volume
Poetry written by various students who took the verse-writing class

1950
A Grand Time Living
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, hardback, 159 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Singing Shadows; An Anthology of Verse from The Poet's Workshop 1949-50
Hollywood, California Adult Evening School, Cloister Press, Hollywood, California - hardback, 72 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations for this volume
Poetry written by various students who took the verse-writing class

Evening is a Window; An Anthology of Verse from The Poet's Workshop 1950-51
Hollywood, California Adult Evening School, Cloister Press, Hollywood, California - hardback, 54 pages
Blanding designed the cover for this volume
Poetry written by various students who took the verse-writing class, inside ilustrations by another artist

Dawn; The Rise of the West in the Poetry of the West
Wallace Kibbee & Son, San Francisco, California - hardback, 240 pages
Includes a reprinted poem by Blanding

An Artist's Sketchbook; Selected Sketches from Studies Made at the Grand Canyon
Portfolio of paintings by Hurlstone Fairchild, Homer H. Boelter, Hollywood, California - folio wraps, 32 pages
Blanding provided the foreward for this volume

1951
Sequins for Calico
Poetry by Edythe Hope Genee, House-Warven Publishers, Hollywood, California - hardback, 143 pages
Blanding did not contribute to this volume, but the book and several poems were dedicated to him

The Boy's Book of Verse; An Anthology
Edited by Helen Dean Fish, Lippincott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - hardback, 276 pages
Includes the reprinted poem "Soldier, What Did You See?" by Blanding

1952
American Aphrodite; A Quarterly for the Fancy-Free
Edited by Samuel Roth, Volume 2, Number 7, Privately Printed, New York - hardback, 133 pages
Includes reprinted poems "Out of Waikiki," pages 111-112; and "Madame Du Barry," page 157

1953
Joy is an Inside Job
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, hardback, 159 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry and prose in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

Scarf of Stars
Poetry by Esther Baldwin York-Burkholder, John T. McInnis Co., Orange, California - hardback, 137 pages
Blanding designed the cover, and provided  illustrations and decorations, as well as a forward

1955
Hawaii Says Aloha
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, hardback, 160 pages
Blanding wrote all the poetry in this volume, designed the cover, and provided   illustrations and decorations

1956
Colorful Hawaii
Tourist Booklet printed in Berkeley, California - softcover, 36 pages
Blanding provided poetry to accompany photographs by Mike Roberts

Trees in the Wind
Edited by Ada Virginia Hull, Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Ohio - hardback, 104 pages
Includes reprinted poems "Redwood Highway," page 28; and "Prayer of the Drifting Coconut," page 29

1957
The Gypsy Heart
Poetry by Emily Carey Alleman, John T. McInnis Company, Orange, California - hardback, 129 pages
Blanding provided  illustrations and decorations, as well as a forward

No Strings on Tomorrow
This was Blanding's last known book, which went unpublished after his death

1962
A Laugh a Day; An Anthology of Humorous Verse
Poetry by Robert Carlton Sherwood (and others), Swordsman Publishing Co., Lynwood, California - hardback, 133 pages
Includes reprints of nine Blanding illustrations, and five of his poems

1963
Haiku and Tanka
Poetry by Edythe Hope Genee, The Swordsman Publishing Co., Los Angeles, California - spiral bound, 62 pages
Includes reprints of ten Blanding illustrations

1966
West of the Sunset; A Selection of the Best Verse by Don Blanding
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, hardback, 261 pages
Posthumous book of the best of Blanding's poetry, illustrations and decorations
1968
O Country Faces and Places; A Collection of Cherokee Strip Photographs and Stories
By Velma Troxel Jayne & Stella Campbell Rockwell, Harold Allen, Printer, Enid, Oklahoma - softcover, 80 pages
Includes "Prayer of Dynamite" written about six-year old Don Blanding
1975
Hollywood Babylon

By Kenneth Anger, Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco, California - hardback, 292 pages
Reprinted poem by Blanding, "Hollywood," appears in the front of the book.
1981
Cooking with Aloha
Recipes by Elvira Monroe & Irish Margah, Wide World Publishing/Tetra, San Carlos, California - paperback, 220 pages
Several illustrations from 'Drifter's Gold' by Don Blanding
1986
Horror in Paradise
Edited by A. Grove Day & Bacil F. Kirtley - paperback, 285 pages
Reprint of ‘Gods and Old Ghosts’ by Don Blanding, from Hula Moons
1987
Hawaii; Island Paradise

Wide World Publishing/Tetra, San Carlos, California - paperback, 138 pages
20 full-page illustrations and as many verses by Don Blanding
1997
Whistled Like A Bird; The Untold Story of Dorothy Putnam, George Putnam, and Amelia Earhart
Biography by Sally Putnam Chapman, Warner Books - hardback, 268 pages
Many references, and a few photos of Blanding

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