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Two kewl 1960s #ldnont things: Free

- January 15th, 2013

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James Reaney, left, wearing the Bal Rajan jacket . . . Carly Thomas, at right, looks puzzled. Which is understandable. Morris Lamont photo.

sun & moon theatre set detail

The 1960s theatre scenery in close up via BlackBerry

sun & moon theatre longshot

The scenery from another angle, again via BlackBerry

JBNBlog is looking to pay forward some interesting gems from #ldnont in the 1960s.

Up for giving away is the reddish jacket, seen at top. It was once owned by the late Bal Rajan, the world’s greatest Milton scholar, & after four years of accepting compliments on Bal’s behalf, it is time for someone else to wear it well.

The jacket is in somewhat bad shape, but it was sold by the good old Scott’s clothing store back in the day  . . . so let me know & it’s yours. It does have the John Doe glance of approval.

Feel free to savour this anecdote from 2009:

Now, here is a celeb fashion note worth noting . . . the great John Doe admires the fashion sense of the late, great Bal Rajan, world’s greatest Milton scholar, audiophile & longtime Regent Street resident. Yes, after a magnificent John Doe & the Sadies show at Call the Office Fri-early Sat, I went up to tell John Doe how much I loved all that country.

That jacket, I am admiring that jacket, John Doe said approx of Balachandra Rajan’s burgundy, wasp-waisted, padded shoulder, solid material bought at Scott’s decades ago . . . it’s an honour to wear it.

John Doe’s eyes may have glazed over just slightly when I said Milton, John Milton, the British poet . . . which was really not necessary.”

As for the other item, it’s a 12-foot by four-foot folding bit of stage scenery. It’s provenance is uncertain & its condition is lamentable which is why two fine institutions have passed on it . . . .  you will need a truck to tote it away. Or you carry it on a bus. V. carefully.

Now for some background from a previous post & a previous unsuccessful effort to give it away:

Here is a tantalizing indication the piece of stage construction recently offered to a good home may be the work of Jack Chambers. May be.   (JBNBlog will be happy to help that happen. Apply here if you are interested).

The key phrase is: landscaPe Panels
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jack chambers

Is the image here one of the landscape panels? Perhaps one of the case members might know.

The words that follow are gleaned from a Summer Theatre 65 program for my dad’s The Sun & The Moon. 

SUMMER

THEATRE
‘sixty.five’
434
*RIGHMOND
STREET

landscaPe Panels
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jack chambers

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1 comment

  1. RPeternell says:

    Can you take a few good photos of the panels? I would like to see all of them in clear detail if possible? Thanks for your time, RPeternell

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