1977 Event Poster by John Bain
        1977 Event Map by Len Piper
      To Be Sold Together (Updated 12/23/2023)

    John Bain, a beloved and well-known North Shore kamaaina ("local") on the island of Oahu passed away in June 2016. He has been memorialized in a number of ways, including two very appreciated online posts and several comments to that post from those who knew John well. Details of his life story and his contributions to the north shore of Oahu, its people, and many other creative projects that took place in Honolulu can be found at those online blogs by searching "remembering John M. Bain."

    My connection to John was not in person. It is amazing that we never bumped into each other since we were both often in the same neighborhoods surfing of visiting during the years 1973 to 1986. I left Hawaii in 1986. I took very few things with me. Many of those items ended up in storage in Seattle. In October 2023, while emptying that storage unit, I discovered items I had not remembered at all. They had somehow following me around from Hawaii, to Canada, to Seattle, to Wichita, and then back to Seattle.

    The images shown below are from photographs taken of a stunning pen and watercolor piece that John did for an event at the La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls in 1977 called "Ye Olde World Pleasure Faire." It just so happened that I lived just three blocks away from the school, on Diamond Head, during 1972 to 1977. I was aware of the event and attended it, but never saw any posters the size of the one depicted here. In 1984 I bought it and some other items at a Rick Ralston (Crazy Shirts) auction benefiting Hawaii Historic Foundation.

    In addition, the purchase at the auction included a guide map to the Pleasure Faire drawn by Len Piper, another well-known creator in Honolulu during the 70s and 80s. Len, among other things, put on many shows using life-size marionettes and was the official Santa Claus for Ala Moana Shopping Center for several years.

    Both items are 25" x 18". The map is double-sided and has a preliminary sketch on the back side. It appears that this was a working and final sketch. Len Piper's signature (not original) appears right-hand corner near the scroll sign.




        Both Posters Are Offered for Sale as a Single Item.

    Before putting these unique Hawaiiana art pieces up for sale or auction, I am attempting to contact those who might have a closer connection to John than a general audience. I feel it is important to let those who have commented at his online memorials have advance notice of this offering. Before Christmas, 2023, I contacted the head of the La Pietra School for Girls to offer these posters to them first. They declined.

    I have left comments at the blogs memorializing John, one as recent as December 22, 2023. As of 12/24/2023, neither comment has been approved by the moderator and no return e-mail has been received. If no person close to John indicates to me a desire to purchase the pieces before January 7, 2024 (midnight HST/), I will post them for sale or auction to a general audience. Contact ronsterling at ronsterling dot com.

        More Photographs Further Below,

    Frontside (Backside is blank)

    Close-up of signature reveals it is original - not a print

    Front of map poster
    (Len Piper printed signature right side of La Pietra Scroll Sign)

    Backside of map poster shows a Len Piper draft
    This piece appears to be two-sided with the draft on one side
    and the final on the other side for the purposes of presentation display and archiving.

        Thank You for Visiting!

               Best wishes! Ron Sterling

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