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:….” 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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  1. Gentleman Tim

    December 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

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

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


  2. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:25 am

    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.

    Men of the Mounted

  3. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:29 am

    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.

  4. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:32 am


  5. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:36 am


  6. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:38 am


  7. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Of course, after Adventures of Robin Hood was released, Alex Raymond (creator of Flash Gordon) added the character of Captain Sudin…

  8. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:45 am


    • Maria

      December 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      This one is so much like Errol! It must have been kind of weird seeing yourself (if he ever had a chance to read comics that is!) like that.

      • zacal

        December 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        I agree, this drawing really captures Errol. And I’m pretty sure he would have seen it. These full-page strips were printed in the Sunday editions of the Hearst newspaper chain, the biggest in the world. Even if he didn’t read the Sunday papers, someone else he knew surely did and would have brought it to his attention. But he was SO famous at the time, who knows if he would have given it a second thought.

        • David DeWitt

          December 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          I bet Errol would have shown this kind of thing to his kids – if he had seen it. I’ll ask Rory if she remembers any of this sort of thing?

  9. zacal

    December 31, 2014 at 7:46 am


    • Maria

      January 2, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Firstly- Happy New Year to all!

      Further to all our comments on the use of Errol’s image I found one of many articles regarding the present day use of celebrities’ likenesses as marketing tools:…

      CMG Worldwide is an agency that handles these sorts of things for the estate – and does mention Errol’s. I was trying to envision Errol being happy about being used as a marketing tool- and I thought he would probably get a kick out of getting paid (in a fashion) for it.

  10. Maria

    January 2, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Glad they replaced Edward VII