Sunday, September 14, 2008

Orange with Interlocking Squares

Everytime I glance at this tie, before my eye/brain combination has time to parse just what it is that I'm seeing, I think for a split second that I'm looking at a bunch of those giant E's that optometrists make you look at. "Which way is the E pointing now?"

But when I look more closely, I realize, of course, that these are NOT giant letter E's. They are pairs of interlocking squares. One of each pair is always white; the other alternates between black or a paler orange than the background of the tie.

The tie also has an interesting brocade, which includes large circular patterns, and also sweeping groups of curved lines, suggesting motion. It's certainly a dramatic and colorful tie, with a lively, fluid design.

Definitely forties era. The tie measures 4 1/4 inches at its widest point, just before it begins narrowing to the point. The tie has one label, sewn sideways into the small end which reads as follows:

Resilient Construction
Towncraft Deluxe Cravat
Fabric Loomed in U.S.A.


Jim said...

Towncraft Deluxe: J.C. Penny

Brooks said...

Hey I don't know if you're interested, but my family recently acquired 30,000 brand new ties. We have all sorts from wild to conservative. Let me know if you're interested! We're selling them for $5 each or 5 for $20. Thanks!

Will said...


Thanks for pointing out that Towncraft is the Penney brand name. I knew that, but sometimes I forget these kinds of details.


Will said...

Hey Brooks,

Are they silk ties? Cotton? Linen? (all good) Polyester? (not so good)

Do you have any Jerry Garcia's?

How about ties depicting musical themes, instruments, etc? Anything musical?

Got any depicting the Seattle Space Needle?

How about ties showing computers, or anything computer related?

Or books? Got any library ties?

How about Save the Children ties (based on paintings by kids)?

Got any World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, or similar ecological or endangered species ties?

How about museum ties? You know, like Metropolitan Museum of Art, that sort of thing?

Or anything with 20th century artwork on it? Picasso, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt, Monet, or any name artists, that kind of thing?

How about Peanuts comic strip characters? Got any ties with those?

I could be interested in any of the above.