DON BLANDING TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "Aloha Don B.", postcard, 5.5 x 3.25, postmarked Dec 23, 1951, Bend, Oregon, to his friend Rex Gleie, with two original hand drawn sketches, one on each side of the card, by the poet and artist who is strongly associated with Hawaii. In part: "A penny postcard IS a VERY [cent symbol] ent-imental greeting card. After the postal raise next year it will be 2 [cent symbol] ent-imental. Aloha. Happy days to you. White Christmas here. Note the red flannels. ...Be seein' you when I get to Eugene...Just had smoked turkey breakfast with our mutual friend...." In fine condition, with corner crease lower right.
Donald Benson Blanding (1894-1957) was an American poet, sometimes described as the "poet laureate of Hawaii." He was also a journalist, cartoonist, author and speaker. Blanding became fascinated by Hawaii and moved there in 1915, staying until his enlistment in the U.S. Army in December, 1917. And, he returned to Honolulu in 1921. Finding work as an artist in an advertising agency, he happened into two years of writing poems published daily in the Honolulu Star Bulletin for an advertiser. These featured local people and events, and became well-known and popular. The popularity of these ad-poems led Blanding to follow the advice of newspaper colleagues by publishing a collection of his poetry in 1923. For his fifth book in 1928, he no longer used a local or West Coast publisher, but the New York publisher Dodd, Mead & Company. The result, Vagabond's House, was reviewed promptly by The New York times, and was a great commercial success. He was also an accomplished painter often portraying undersea views, flowers and branches; his ink drawings are a powerful part of his many literary publications.