I was going through my vast “To Do” folders (Knutsen sub-section), and was reminded of this entry that’s actually been up on the site for a while now. It continues to be a “hidden clue” – and now that I’ve got a larger audience reading this blog than just the small and geeky Knutsen contingent, I thought I should ask again for help from any handwriting experts out there.
As discussed in the entry on this Knutsen teardrop, this provenance may be a “smoking gun” that could help solve the riddle of where exactly Knutsen was for the 2 years after he left Seattle (when any record of his address disappears). The Knutsen book authors thought Los Angeles (most likely), while I still think it might have been closer to San Francisco during the Pan Pacific Expo. Or was Knutsen transient – setting up camp (a bed and a workbench) anywhere he was able between Southern Cal and the Bay area during this time as he capitalized on the Hawaiian music frenzy taking place at the Expo?
The letter found in the instrument’s case tells part of the story. The label must surely tell the rest. Someone (Knutsen, I still believe) reached through the soundhole and scratched out his last location and scribbled in a new one.
I have shown the label “as is” and the lettering highly contrasted. Can anyone possibly guess what these letters and numbers might mean?!