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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