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‘Collectionary’ Isn't a Word, But It Should Be

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I collect old salesman sample items — catalogs, displays, etc. With my birthday coming up, I recently treated myself to the vintage beauties you see above: a sample display of cupboard and cabinet hardware (you can see more photos and additional info here); a set of samples from a glass manufacturer (full listing is here); and some soda fountain cups (almost free, as you can see here).

None of this stuff has arrived in the mail yet. I’ll probably post additional photos once they show up on my doorstep.

That birthday I referred to, incidentally, is today (I’m very happy to share the date with bluesmen Otis Spann and Son House, and also with my best friend Matt [same day, same year!]), so I’m taking the rest of the day off. See you tomorrow. — Paul


118 comments to ‘Collectionary’ Isn’t a Word, But It Should Be

  • Jeff | March 21, 2012 at 7:31 am |

    Have a great day, Paul!

  • DJ | March 21, 2012 at 7:37 am |

    Many happy returns

  • Dumb Guy at home | March 21, 2012 at 7:38 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul. Are you old enough to remember when TAB was Diet Coke?

    • Paul Lukas | March 21, 2012 at 7:46 am |

      Yes! Not only that, I remember when they briefly introduced flavored versions of Tab:

      I believe there was also orange and/or root beer. Never caught on.

      • Connie | March 21, 2012 at 8:58 am |

        Ah, Tab, with that lovely metallic aftertaste. While at college (Mass., mid-1960s), I tended bar at a hotel that attracted lot of business gatherings. One such involved Coca-Cola and its Northeast distributors and salesmen. The company was preparing the guys for the introduction of a “citrus beverage” (grapefruit, sweetener, and fizz, basically) to be called Fresca. One night, while I was pouring the drinks (’60s drinks like 7-and-7 and Canadian-and-soda and rye-and-ginger), some of the Coke guys asked me to taste this new drink. I liked it, and told them so. And thus it was that I was the first person not paid by Coca-Cola to taste Fresca. Maybe. Well, probably not.

        Happy Birthday, boss. What number?

      • Rob S | March 21, 2012 at 9:04 am |

        “You gonna order something, kid?”
        “Ah, yeah, gimme a TAB.”
        “Tab? I can’t give you a tab unless you order something!”

        • Mike Hersh | March 21, 2012 at 9:13 am |

          In The Jerk, Steve Martin’s character, Navin Johnson’s favorite meal was a tuna fish sandwich, a Tab and a couple of Twinkies.

        • Dumb Guy | March 21, 2012 at 10:22 am |

          “Who’s John F. Kennedy?”

        • StLMarty | March 21, 2012 at 11:25 am |

          I think of Homer putting on weight so he could work from home. He thought the Tab key would produce a TAB.

  • Simply Moono | March 21, 2012 at 7:40 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • Kevin Poss | March 21, 2012 at 7:43 am |

    Happy birthday, Paul!

  • Phil Hecken | March 21, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    happy birthday paul

  • Larry | March 21, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul

  • JamesP. | March 21, 2012 at 7:55 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • Adam R. W. | March 21, 2012 at 7:58 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • David T | March 21, 2012 at 7:59 am |

    Hope it’s a great birthday!

  • lose remerswaal | March 21, 2012 at 8:07 am |

    Happy birthday!

    First two links are both to the hardware page at Etsy

    • Paul Lukas | March 21, 2012 at 8:16 am |

      Oops. Second link now fixed.

  • BSmile | March 21, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    Ditto on the birthday wishes Paul.

    • Brinke | March 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

      hope you got that big purple swoosh you wanted, heheh.

  • Mike Hersh | March 21, 2012 at 8:34 am |

    Happy Birthday from the Hersh family. Enjoy your day.

  • Chris Holder | March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    As others have said, happy birthday Paul. Thanks for doing what you do, and giving me a place to get distracted from work and lose myself in for a few minutes every day! Hope you have a good one.

  • JoshInMaine | March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    happy birthday Paul! Enjoy the day off!

  • Brian | March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    Happy birthday Paul. Eat a nice big steak for us.

  • Arr Scott | March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    As they say in the real Brooklyn, Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

  • NotOsama | March 21, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Have a happy, healthy one, cheers!
    P.S. Here’s hoping you don’t start collecting salesman sample football helmets : )

  • Chris LaHaye | March 21, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Happy birthday Paul, hope you get lucky tonight!

  • TomServaux96 | March 21, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul! Enjoy a huge slice of stirrup-shaped birthday cake for me…

  • Ricardo Leonor | March 21, 2012 at 8:45 am |

    Felicidades y que disfrutes tu dia. Cuantos cumples 25?

  • Mike V. | March 21, 2012 at 8:46 am |

    Happy birthday sir! Even better, you share a birthday with my best buddy as well….my 2 year old (today) chocolate lab. Now that’s an honor.

  • walter | March 21, 2012 at 8:50 am |

    Best wishes from the New Rochelle precinct.

    I liked OK Soda; it tasted like cherry Fresca. The label was designed by Daniel Clowes.

    • JTH | March 21, 2012 at 9:33 am |

      Daniel Clowes of”Ghost World” fame?

    • Brinke | March 21, 2012 at 11:08 am |

      New Rochelle as in Rob & Laura Petrie?

      • Connie | March 21, 2012 at 11:43 am |

        Of course! The pride of southern Westchester County.

  • Jerry | March 21, 2012 at 8:54 am |

    A very happy birthday to the king of minutia. Hope you enjoy your day off and I look forward to tomorrows uni-watch.
    The manning press conference jersey stuff was interesting.

  • Rob S | March 21, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    Happy birthday, Paul!

  • obbs | March 21, 2012 at 9:18 am |

    Enjoy your day off. Happy birthday Paul.

  • JTH | March 21, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul.

    In Latin America, Fresca is not a sugar-free/low-cal beverage. It’s more like Squirt or Canfield’s 50/50 than the Fresca we have here.

  • Bernard | March 21, 2012 at 9:38 am |

    When I was in high school, I would occasionally go to my drama teacher’s house after school, where we would bullshit and smoke cigarettes and drink vodka & Fresca – what we would call an “Uncle Vanya”. The ethics of the situation aside, it is a strange little memory I doubt will ever shuffle off my mortal brain. I have since come to learn that an Uncle Vanya is actually a very different drink, but every time I see a Fresca I get thirsty for our version.

    Happy birthday, Paul!

  • concealed78 | March 21, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • TOMtiger | March 21, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    happy bday. thanks for the blog !

  • Garry | March 21, 2012 at 9:47 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!
    Make it a BIG Rib-Eye tonight!

  • Chance Michaels | March 21, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    I’ll add my birthday wishes to the pile. See you tomorrow!

  • EddieAtari | March 21, 2012 at 10:06 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • Skott S. | March 21, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul.

  • Pete Walker | March 21, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul, enjoy the tips.

  • interlockingtc | March 21, 2012 at 10:12 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • Ricko | March 21, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    Happy Birthday!

    I assume you also remember BubbleUp?

    • wayne | March 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm |

      YES!!! That was our big treat if we behaved at the store. Musta been about 25ish years ago.

  • Omar | March 21, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul
    Today it would also be the birthday of Ayrton Senna, the great racing driver.

  • sorensven | March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am |

    Happy Birthday!

  • umplou | March 21, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul!!

  • Jet | March 21, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    You get bonus points for the Son House reference, Paul.


  • Teebz | March 21, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

    FYI – UND will wear new uniforms on Saturday against Western Michigan since the Sioux logo and name cannot be used at an NCAA-sanctioned tournament.

    “It’s pretty simple,” Athletic Director Brian Faison said. “We have to wear the new uniforms or we forfeit.”

    UND’s logo and teamname will also be struck from the record inside programs, and all students attending the game as part of the contingent for the hockey team – cheerleaders, the band, athletes, coaches, administrators – are subject to the NCAA’s sanctions. That means that everything is up for inspection when it comes to not showing the Sioux logo or name: hockey bags, luggage, luggage tags, cheerleader gear, t-shirts, sheet music for the band – if anyone from the team or school is seen sporting a logo, it could mean instant forfeit for the Sioux.

    Administrators at UND have told the band that they will get them shirts that say “North Dakota” on them rather than having them wear their official UND uniforms.

    Let the battle between UND and the NCAA continue….

    • Teebz | March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am |

      I forgot to mention that the women’s hockey team already wore new uniforms in their bid for the Women’s Frozen Four. They wore a circular logo much like the Florida Panthers with the UND lettermark inside the circle.

      • Andy | March 21, 2012 at 11:49 am |

        At least they have that fantastic lettermark (similarity to Notre Dame notwithstanding) to fall back on.

    • NickV | March 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

      What an absolute bunch of PC Crap from a bunch of milquetoast careerist busybodies that wreck another institution’s traditions in order to make their pathetic lives “fell” a little better …. Fighting Sioux is a homage, not an insult. “Redskins” is perhaps an insult, honoring a tribe is not. The Bensonhurst “Dagoes” would be an insult. The Bensonhurst “Centurions” would not.

      The inspection of the fans and students is truly over the top. Worse than TSA foolishness. So, I can wear a t-shirt with Jerry Falwell or Hilary Clinton smoking a pretty graphic human appendage or organ (however inappropriate, but still not sanctionable), but I can’t wear a five year old ND Sioux t-shirt bought at Sears or the bookstore?

      Simply more PC crapola from lawyers looking to “be on the right side of history” – whatever that is -in order to assauge their own feelings. and don’t forget those overeducated, can’t-wait-to-finally-land-in-the-correct-nonprofit-wannabee-careerists looking for grievances in order to create needed positions for themselves …

      No place for this hyper/manufactured PC foolishness in sports – we already deal with it in every other aspect of our lives.

      • Teebz | March 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |

        You’re a little off on this Nick.

        Fans are not included. UND has encouraged fans to wear their gear loudly and proudly. It’s anyone associated with the team in the official regard.

        • NickV | March 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |

          It’s the students thing that got my goat. Also, they can compete in games and conference to qualify for the playoffs wearing traditional unis, but can’t compete in the playoffs wearing them (!) Something missing there … Nonetheless, the entire fiasco does present the opportunity for … NEW UNIS … so I guess the PC idiocy there is not entirely worthless ….

  • Gill | March 21, 2012 at 10:54 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul. Same day as Rosie O’Donnell I see.
    While you’re away, can the rest of us talk about the idea of un-retiring a sports number the way Peyton is doing the man with Alzeimers in Denver? (Am I the only person who thinks Peyton gets more passes than anyone for self-centered-ness? Why does everyone love him so?)
    And on that topic, are there other teams with two players having the same number retired in addition to Yogi and Bill Dickey?

    • Teebz | March 21, 2012 at 10:57 am |

      Montreal Canadiens – #12 Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer.
      Montreal Canadiens – #16 Henri Richard and Elmer Lach.

      • JTH | March 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

        Blackhawks: #3 for both Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson
        Cubs: #31 for Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux

      • Mike Engle | March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

        NY Rangers: #9 for Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves
        NY Knicks: #15 for Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire

    • elgato11x | March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

      Steve Largent allowed Jerry Rice to wear #80 when Rice joined the Seahawks.

      • Terry Proctor | March 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

        Toronto Maple Leafs- Number 6 for Garnet “Ace” Bailey (the original) and Ron Ellis.

        • Rob S | March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm |

          That would be Irvine. Garnet was the one who died on 9/11 aboard United 175.

    • dilbert719 | March 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

      Montreal Expos: #10, Andre Dawson & Rusty Staub

      Chicago Cubs: #31, Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins

      Some oddball ones:

      Cincinnati Reds: #5, Willard Hershberger and Johnny Bench. This one’s odd because #5 was retired in 1940, and unretired in 1942, long before Bench.

      St. Louis Cardinals: #42 for Bruce Sutter, and through MLB, also for Jackie Robinson.

      • dilbert719 | March 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |

        Missed that JTH put up the Cubs one. Ah, well. The rest are still good.

    • jcn7vc | March 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm |

      Is 18 realy retired in Denver? I didn’t think the Ring of Fame counted as retiring jersey numbers, but I could be wrong. 84 is on it and has been worn recently in Denver…

      • jcn7vc | March 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

        Have a look at the Broncos Ring of Fame:


        Two 7’s and two 87’s already. Just off the top of my head, there have been some popular players in recent years that have worn 15 (Brandon Marshall, Tim Tebow), 20 (Brian Dawkins), 53 (Bill Romanowski), 87 (Ed McCaffery). So they aren’t un-retiring it for Manning, but he did the right thing in talking to the Frank Tripucka first.

  • Hodges14 | March 21, 2012 at 11:06 am |

    As my drinking polish cousins say every year: Sto Lat.

  • Jennifer Hayden | March 21, 2012 at 11:13 am |

    Happiest of happy days, Paul….Enjoy.

  • Matthew Hackethal | March 21, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    This is fantastic . . .

    • tosaman | March 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm |

      Great find!

      Anyone have an idea who was the artist? Maybe someone on staff at The Sporting News?

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | March 21, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Happy Birthday, Paul! Cool samples! I have some furniture with a few of those very handles on them! Any idea on the dates for glass tiles?

    • Terry Proctor | March 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

      In the 1950s my Dad worked at our local lumber yard. They had a display showing the different styles of front door latches complete with lock and key. As a little kid I liked unlocking them and then opening the little door they had. Great fun!

  • George Chilvers | March 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  • Shaftman | March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  • suvo | March 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm |

    forget the blogosphere, happy b-day to the most detailed guy out there in the web-o-sphere!

  • Vince V. | March 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

    Happy B Day Paul

  • Ray Barrington | March 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

    Congratulations Paul! In honor of your birthday, a statue will be placed outside Miller Park this year!

    oh, wait, the statue is of Bob Uecker. Nevermind. Happy birthday anyway.

  • The Dude | March 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul!

  • Morris Belleville | March 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul !! Many Happy Returns !!

  • Tom V. | March 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

    Anyone mock up Tebow in a Jets jersey yet?

    • Phil Hecken | March 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

      beat me to it…

      • Tim E. O'B | March 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

        Tebow right in your own backyard. Bet you can’t be happier.

        • Mike Engle | March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |

          That and the Tebowing and the Tebone-ing. Ugh, shoot me. But that’s not important right now. Happy 29th birthday, Paul!

      • Brinke | March 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm |

        wouldn’t be too quick on that.

        • Phil Hecken | March 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

          nah…the damn thing went thru anyway

          NYC will eat timmah alive if he doesn’t grow up in a hurry

  • George | March 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |

    Anyone watching the Yankees vs. Rays spring game? Longoria rocking the helmet without the Rays “TB” logo.

  • Terry Proctor | March 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul! You and your beloved Shea Stadium were both born in the same year, right? Nice to know that you are still here while Shea has met with the great wrecking ball. Now if you can outlive CitiField you’ll really be one for the books!

  • Mako M. | March 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul!

  • Keith S. | March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    Happy 21st birthday Paul! Enjoy a Tab cup full of champagne!

  • Joseph Gerard | March 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

    Happy birthday Paul! Looks like the Marc Sanchez drama just got bigger. And here I thought he’d be a good fit as Ben’s backup.

  • Desmond Jones | March 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul! Aries!

  • NickV | March 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Paul …. you had me hooked at the Mets’ “Uniform Carnival” quote back in the Village Voice days … still vever miss a column ….

  • Ryan | March 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    Happy birthday!

    Watching the Manchester City/Chelsea match on ESPN3 right now; one camera angle behind goal keeps showing a City fan in a Yankees cap. Seems fitting, as City of the past 2 seasons are similar to the Yankees of the past 2 decades: high-priced talent acquired from other teams, yet not quite as much hardware to show as should be expected.

  • StLMarty | March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

    And a happy 75th birthday to the highly underrated Tom Flores.

    • Wheels | March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |

      Yeah, why does he get slept on so much?

  • albert | March 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    Just in case you need a new Manning Jersey!

  • Jake H | March 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul, you sir do in fact deserve it off. Have a good one!

    ~ Jake

  • Mike N. | March 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm |

    What’s with the number font on these new Broncos/Manning t-shirts that are now available for sale in the ESPN shop? Is this indicative of what we can expect from the Nike unveiling?


    • Rob S | March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |

      Scroll down on this page, and you’ll see Manning Ts with the regular jersey font. Odd thing is, they’re Reebok Ts…

  • El Scotto | March 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm |

    Happy birthday Paul!

    Obviously, those of you on this website “Get it”, so I was curious if any of you knew about http://www.customjer.... I had a friend bragging about buying a new Manning jersey on there and wasn’t sure if anyone knew if that was a scam or just a knockoff site. For obvious reasons, it’ll be a while before the NFL shop gets the Broncos jerseys for sale.

  • wayne | March 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  • wayne | March 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |

    Also-Are any of the Saints players being penalized? It seems like they knew what was going on but didn’t say anything.

    • Tim E. O'B | March 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

      The NFLPA is still doing an investigation so the NFL is waiting on that to level player punishments. This info is from the NFL’s press release.

  • Tim E. O'B | March 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    One of the soldiers the Blackhawks honored and had on the ice tonight during the national anthem was named Tim O’Brien.

    This is why I have to be “Tim E. O’Brien”…

  • Al Gruwell | March 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm |

    Happy birthday, Paul! Enjoy the ‘rups!

  • Tim E. O'B | March 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm |

    After a (dirty, rotten, no-good) Canuck player ripped off Blackhawk Patrick Kane’s helmet during the second period of Wednesday night’s game, Kane (88) was forced to wear teammate Brendan Morrison’s (17) helmet during his next shift.

  • Jim Vilk | March 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

    I don’t know why I thought your birthday was in April. You sure it’s today?

    • Jim Vilk | March 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm |

      OK, fine…Happy Birthday!

    • Jim Vilk | March 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm |

      By the way, I love the cabinet hardware display.

  • Jim Vilk | March 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm |

    Los Suns vs. El Magic tonight:

    The Raptors debuted their camo unis against the Bulls:

    And in Sacramento, the Memphis Grizzlies wore their double-blue alternates against the Kings:
    No, they’re not new, but I never get tired of seeing them.
    One of my all-time favorite NBA unis.

  • Rydell | March 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

    Happy Birthday Paul. Aries, never woulda guessed

  • Big Al | March 22, 2012 at 2:45 am |

    Happy Birthday Paul. Thank you for doing this everyday and making uniform perusal the best. Enjoy your day.

  • timmy b | March 22, 2012 at 5:48 am |

    Happy (belated) Birthday, Paul!