Yesterday I attended the opening reception for a new museum devoted to elevators (yes, really). The work uniform you see above — which was being worn by a mannequin, not by a live person — was one of the exhibits. Super-nice chain-stitching, no? Other uni-related items on display included elevator jackets, elevator sleeve patches, and this killer elevator apron. (No elevator operator’s uniform, though, which I found mildly disappointing.)
There was also a large assortment of non-uni-related elevator ephemera, including elevator advertising, elevator stock certificates, elevator hardware, elevator letterhead, elevator slide-rule thingies, elevator cheesecake, elevator technical drawings, elevator catalogs, elevator books (that was my single favorite thing in the place), and more. All of this stuff comes from the collection of one guy, a career elevator professional named Patrick Carrajat. It would be fair to say I found myself relating to his obsessive pursuit of a singular passion. (You can see all the photos I took here, and a good article about the museum ran in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.)
New ESPN column today, in which I offer my take on the new Bills uni set, among other things. Enjoy.
Rock and roll reminder: Remember, Centro-matic — the band fronted by baseball painter Will Johnson — is playing tonight at the Mercury Lounge. I’ll be there, and I’ll be looking for Uni Watch readers wearing jerseys.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here are South Carolina’s College World Series championship logos (with thanks to Andrew Shain). … A bunch of bootleg Giants T-shirts are being given to Haiti (thanks, Brinke). … If you were signed into the Dodgers’ system in the late 1940s — or maybe if they were recruiting you — you were apparently given a copy of this pamphlet. Here are two of the interior pages (awesome find by Bruce Menard). … Kyle Mackie notes that the NCAA Football 12 video clips that have been released so far show the zebras wearing traditional striping and white knickers. Word I had heard, and reported, was that they’d be wearing wider stripes and black slacks this year. … Michael Princip has uploaded some photos of the 1976 Seahawks TAK-29 helmet. “It’s an important design in the evolution of helmets, a hybrid in the transition from suspension to the encased foam-padded cells,” he says. … Here’s a fun little report, including video, regarding England’s last manufacturer of tennis balls. … The Amarillo Sox have a new mascot (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Some very nice Negro Leagues paintings here (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … More than a year ago — maybe more than two years ago, although I’m not sure about the exact date — Dave Mann told me that one of his designs had been ripped off by a minor league hockey team. He asked me to keep quiet about it, but now he’s written a detailed account of whole affair. … Buy me
some peanuts and Cracker Jack anything that doesn’t include peanuts. That’s the cry at an increasing number of ballparks (thanks, Kirsten). … Flag-desecration caps will be worn by over 72 minor league teams this weekend (Matthew Robins again). … Matt Mitchell thinks he’s found the new Bengals mascot. After all, he notes, “They are dogs.” … Brent Hardman’s wife’s cousin is playing on a summer league team that wear a bizarre Blue Jays tequila sunrise hybrid design. … Pablo Sandoval must have torn his pants, because there’s a big patch on his right leg (screen shot by Brian Deutsch). … News flash: Players selected in the NBA draft like to wear fancy suits. … Interesting new kit for the French rugby team. “According to nike, the design is a tribute to the 1999 and 2007 World Cups when the French team beat the All Blacks,” writes Florian Michot. “I don’t like it — our color is blue, not blac,k and i’m afraid it will look messy on TV.” … New home and away kits for Werder Bremen (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … CNBC’s Darren Rovell sent me a note last night informing me that, contrary to what I wrote yesterday, Nike exec Charlie Denson was indeed referring to uniforms — and not to T-shirts and related product lines — when he told Rovell, “We’re going to be aggressive. Some teams are willing to go further than others.” I appreciate the correction, but it doesn’t change the basic fact that teams like the Bears, Packers, etc. will never subject themselves to major swoosh engineering. This news does give us a timeline, however, since Rovell’s piece said that Nike will “start pumping out products for retail” next April, which means any teams that do go for Nikefication will presumably unveil their new threads at the draft.