Kirk Remembers

A collection of interviews with our business owner, Kirk Taylor, including memories of our old building and the early years of our company.

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    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 in 1945 or 1946. My grandfather, John Askew, had an office a couple of blocks from the store’s present location. He and another contractor shared the space. The building is still there. The entry door is in the corner of the building. I went there with my mother and grandmother. I remember my…

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    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 and thirties. Benjamin Moore’s Colors in Oil were used to tint oil based house paint colors. Also some furniture refinishers used them to tint nitrocellulose lacquers. At some time along the way, Moore’s decided to drop the colors in oil, but there was still a demand for them by people doing special finishes…

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    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, there were several bases depending on how deep you wanted your color to be. Of course these bases were available for each type of paint in the system. After the customer picked the color, you had to go to a chart and look up the formula for the type of paint. Then you…

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    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 of the paint division at Harwood Brothers. My grandfather Askew had given him a job, I think in the 1920’s, so that Mr. Maston could earn enough money to go on a honeymoon when he got married. They had kept in touch over the years and when my grandfather wanted to put in…

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    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 information I needed. One day I was talking to her about bristol boards. I had carried the Strathmore 500 series bristol and drawing paper for some time at that point, as well as some of the 400 series bristol pads. Also, we stocked 3-ply 500 bristol that was cut to a special size…

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    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. [For those not familiar with our building layout, this is the long narrow room that curves around to the right as you come in the front door.] One Sunday, between Sunday school and church service [at nearby Hilliar Memorial], my grandfather said that he wanted to check on the men working on the addition. We went (walked?) the three blocks from the church to the…