| This shirt was worn by “George Jefferson”, portrayed by actor Sherman Hemsley in the television series “The Jeffersons”. This personalized blue bowling shirt includes a Paul Davril label on the inside collar, the character’s name “George” embroidered in black above the left breast pocket, as well as “Jefferson Cleaners” embroidered on the verso. There is a small rust stain on the left sleeve from storage.
Ms. Hemsley can be seen wearing this shirt throughout the episode “Alley Oops” (Season 7, Episode 12) as George brings Tom (Franklin Cover) onto his bowling team in order to compete in the tournament. At the bowling alley, George learns that Tom has no bowling skills and they seem doomed to lose. The shirt is also worn in the episode “Father’s Day” (Season 9 Episode 21) when George and Darren (Dain Turner) return home after winning the Father-Son bowling tournament. George had agreed to bowl with Darren in the tournament assuming he had no living father. However, Darren’s father is revealed to be in a wheelchair and this prompts George to speak with Darren, encouraging him to give his disabled father an equal chance.
The Jeffersons was an American sitcom broadcasted by CBS from 1975 through 1985 and was produced by the legendary Norman Lear and Embassy TV (formerly TAT/Tandem) who are also known for “One Day At A Time”, “Maude”, “All in the Family”, “Sanford and Son”, and “Good Times”. Originally a spin-off from the sitcom “All in the Family”, The Jefferson’s “moved on up” to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and began living as an affluent black family. The series ran for 11 seasons with a total 253 episodes, making The Jefferson’s one of the longest running sitcoms in US history. The show is also noted for its controversial topics including racism, suicide, and gun control, which was taboo for syndicated television in the 1970’s. The show was nominated for 13 Emmy awards, and actress Isabel Sanford who played Louise, won Best Actress in 1981. This item is in good screen worn condition and was acquired directly from the show’s costume designer and head of the Embassy TV wardrobe department.
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