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Don Blanding

Don Blanding (1894-1957) was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1912, and then went on to the Art Institute of Chicago. After he saw the play, ‘The Bird of Paradise,’ in Kansas City, and its portrayal of Hawaii, he left for the Islands. In Honolulu he worked as a cartoonist for the Honolulu Advertiser, painted portraits, and produced an amateur play for the Junior League. He returned to the mainland as a private in an U.S. Army Infantry unit in 1917. He subsequently was sent to Camp Grant, Illinois, for officer training and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, but the Armistice was signed before he was scheduled for overseas duty. READ MORE »

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