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FAIRHAVEN'S MILTON DELANO MADE SCRIMSHAW FOR JFK Just scratching the surface of a great local artist: Milton K Delano, a well known local artist and engineer in Fairhaven was also a legendary scrimshaw artist. He hand-engraved a huge whale's tooth and presented it to JFK as a gift from The Town of Fairhaven in 1962. When President Kennedy arrived at Otis AFB aboard Air Force One for a visit to the Hyannis port compound, Mr. Delano recalled they had a red carpet rolled out from the plane. He chuckled, "The red carpet wasn't for me, it was for the President to see who he was supposed to greet at the end of it." Mr. Delano and Fairhaven Selectman Walter Borowicz presented the tooth to JFK, which would be one of the centerpieces at his desk for the rest of his Presidency. Later that year, Mrs. Kennedy commissioned Delano for another tooth. After his death, The President's favorite scrimshaw whale tooth bearing The Seal of The President of The United States was later placed in his casket by the First Lady, never to be seen again. Milton Delano photo (upper left inset ) Standard-Times. (*ML's Note: When I began to practice the art of Scrimshaw at 12 yrs old, my neighbor on the other side of Cushman Park saw my work on display at Don Mendell Guy's Pharmacy. Milt Delano gave me guidance on his technique and many tips that I heeded religiously. By the mid 1980's my work was commissioned by both national and international clients., including Disney, Ducks Unlimited, and Colibri. See a vintage 1982 MLBaron TV interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AZch8XhZLk) View this rare and restored film produced in mid 1964: This 1964 Vintage film of "Whaling Days" features Ted Wood of MIT with sea shanties. Milton K. Delano (late) of Fairhaven demonstrated the whale man's art of Scrimshaw with some large whales teeth he engraved and his recollection of doing scrimshaw for JFK. Hosts include Reginald Haggerty - curator of the Whaling Museum, and James Healy, Librarian. Many other features included in this short film restored by The M.L.Baron Historic Archives Original production by Dateline Boston of WHDH for The MA Dept. of Education 1964. ENTER LINK: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17766159-1964-vintage-new-bedford-whaling-days-classic-dateline-boston-special

Posted by MLBaron on February 20, 2017 at 5:56 AM 622 Views

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