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  1. Memories of Our Storefront at 110 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC

    Over the years, visitors to our old retail shop seemed always to be amazed at how much bigger it was on the inside. The three large display windows facing Glenwood Avenue did not do it justice. Some sci-fi and fantasy fans compared it to Ollivander's wand shop in the Harry Potter series, particularly the old hallway, stairwell, and second floor...
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  2. Kirk Remembers: First Memories of John Askew Paint Store

    Note: The original name of our family business was John Askew Paint Store, founded Kirk's grandfather John Askew. This interview is a bit older and was recorded while our business was still located at 110 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC. Here, Kirk recalls his first memories of our that building.   My first memories of the store are from sometime...
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  3. Kirk Remembers: Benjamin Moore's Colors in Oil

    I found some tubes of Benjamin Moore's Colors in Oil. The colors available in this line were familiar to artists of the day. They included umbers, siennas, chrome yellow, chrome green, American vermilion, Prussian blue and others. Also included was rose lake. This color could make a deep wine colored mahogany stain like you see on furniture from the twenties...
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  4. Kirk Remembers: "Color as You Like It"

    Kirk Remembers: "Color as You Like It"
    The “Color As You Like It” color matching system was Benjamin Moore's name for its pre-formulated color mixes. Before the company had a machine to pump the color, which is an interesting story in itself, there was a system that used discrete units and bases. That is, there were various sizes of tubes and cans of colorants. Just like today...
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  5. Kirk Remembers: The Cutaway Brush Sample that Always Sat in the Office

    Kirk Remembers: The Cutaway Brush Sample that Always Sat in the Office
    This is a cutaway sample brush made to show the construction of Hanlon Goodman Brushes. Although the Benjamin Moore Co. and the Hanlon Goodman Brush Co. were not related in any way, most Benjamin Moore dealers carried the Hanlon Goodman line of brushes into the 1960's. We bought both products from Harwood Brothers in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Maston was head...
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  6. Kirk Remembers: A Strathmore Bristol Conversation from the 1970's

    In the 1970's there was a salesperson who called on us with the Strathmore company. Her name was Katie Bryant. She had a fantastic knowledge of the paper industry and she would share that knowledge with the dealers. Occasionally when I would ask a question that she didn't have an answer for, usually within 24 hours she would get the...
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  7. Kirk Remembers: The 1948 Addition to Our Building at 110 Glenwood Avenue

    I think it was in 1948 that the first addition to the original house was added. That addition included only what is now the front room, and extended to what is now the back wall of the room that has most of the artist colors in it now. One Sunday, between Sunday school and church service , my grandfather said...
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