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30 Dec

I guess we could start a thread just about Robin Hood in his various forms!  I am having a bit of trouble adding photos -so I am just posting this way.

There must be thousands of items on the internet about Robin. I found yet another spot celebrating 100 years of baking (Robin Hood flour):

“One of the most visceral aspects of the company’s development over the years is the evolution of its logo featuring Robin Hood, in various incarnations.

In one of his earliest appearances, in 1910, he bore a passing resemblance to King Edward VII. Then, in 1936, a redesign gave him the plumage and dashing good looks of Hollywood star Errol Flynn’s portrayal of Robin Hood. – See more at: www.bakersjournal.com….” The Adventures of Robin Hood was not released until 1938- so now I am wondering if it is Douglas Fairbanks’ version of Robin that we see on the earlier flour packaging and on the side of the Mill in Saskatchewan.

There were also comic books put out during this time and of course I had to post this for you:

The Canuk connection!

My universe now makes sense!

— Maria

 

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Across the Universe just several light seconds later, but still in Canada, Maria …

… From the Top of the World, To the Rest of Us …

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You’re right, it says 1935. I have to believe it was Fairbanks inspired, especially since “The Adventures of Robin Hood” borrowed so much from Fairbanks’ version. (The castle interiors were strikingly similar.) But, according to this article, they started reprinting the Robin Hood stories in 1943, by which time Errol’s version was world famous.

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Btw, one thing that always struck me was the Sunday Flash Gordon stories of 1937, which concentrated on Prince Barin and his kingdom of Arboria. Visually, it was Robin Hood, in color, every Sunday. It HAD to have been an influence on Flynn’s 1938 film, perhaps even pushing Warners towards making a Technicolor version, as opposed to black and white.
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Of course, after Adventures of Robin Hood was released, Alex Raymond (creator of Flash Gordon) added the character of Captain Sudin…
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