| This uniform was worn by the character “Florida Evans” played by actress Esther Rolle in the television series, “Good Times”. The costume was custom made out of a blue wool material and has a “Railway School Bus Co” patch sewn on the left shoulder and on the cap. The “Ms. Evans” patch located on left breast of the jacket, was removed for use in a subsequent production.
Ms. Rolle can be seen wearing this uniform in several episodes of the sixth season, most prominently in “The Snow Storm” (Season 6 Episode 11 which aired December 13th, 1978) when Florida’s bus gets stuck during a winter storm leaving her and the school children to take shelter in an abandoned building. To avoid the freezing cold Florida pleads with a homeless man to help build a fire. Against his will, they use his “furnishings” of planks and plywood to successful build a fire until the storm is over. The costume was initially seen in “J.J. The Teacher” (Season 6, Episode 7 which aired October 21, 1978) when Florida returns home from work and uses her bus whistle to grab her children’s attention. Also seen in “Michael’s Decision” (Season 6 Episode 8 which aired November 8, 1978).
Good Times was an American sitcom broadcasted by CBS from 1974 through 1979 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 “The Jeffersons”. Originally a spin-off from the sitcom “Maude”, the series ran for 6 seasons with a total of 133 episodes and starred Esther Rolle as “Florida Evans” and John Amos as “James Evans, Sr.” who live with their three children “JJ” (Jimmy Walker), “Thelma” (Bern Nadette Stanis) and “Michael” (Ralph Carter), in a project apartment in Chicago. The show won three Golden Globe nominations for performances by Esther Rolle and Jimmie Walker. 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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