Friday, April 25, 2014

TGIF: Photos from Jonathan Frid's personal collection

I don't think Jonathan Frid got much rest during the years he spent on DARK SHADOWS. When not working 12 hours a day on the set, he was traveling around the country promoting the series, often in character. In May, 1969, Frid attended the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. The May 28, 1969, issue of The Delaware County Daily Times had a footnote about his appearance, which read:
"Devon has something for everyone. The TV crowd went wild when Jonathon Frid was escorted around the Gold Circle in a convertible painted bright enough yellow to dispel any 'Dark Shadows' he might meet when he stars as Barnabas."
The story was not accompanied by photos. Luckily, Frid held onto some from the event, and later gave them to his creative partner, Nancy Kersey. Nancy, in turn, sent me scans of these photos, which you see here. These are candid images from her personal collection.

(NOTE: Jonathan Frid is one of nine nominees for this year's CINEPLEX LEGENDS AWARD from Canada's Walk of Fame. This is a posthumous recognition of Canadian pioneers in film, television, music, sports, literature, visual and performing arts, science and innovation. Click HERE to vote!)

Below is a sample of the event's press coverage.

Delaware County Daily Times, May 21, 1969.

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