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Donald Benson Blanding

 (1894 - 1957)
Donald Benson Blanding was active/lived in Hawaii, California, Oklahoma.  Donald Blanding is known for Hawaiian scenery, woodcut, cartoon.

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Donald Benson Blanding was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory on November 7, 1894. His father was a judge, and the family had participated in the Oklahoma land run, which turned empty prairies into bustling cities overnight. The Blandings would later move to Enid, Oklahoma and then Lawton, where at an early age, Donald showed promise as an artist, drawing portraits of the local Indians on leather, including Geronimo and Quanah Parker.

When Donald was a teenager, he saved the life of the little girl across the street - she would grow up to be the movie star Joan Crawford. In his senior year at Lawton High School, Blanding named, illustrated, and edited the school yearbook, his first foray into publishing.

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