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Salesmans Samples111 of 202Salesman Pencil Collection?c. 1924 Kennebec Canoe Co. factory display model (aka 'salesman's sample')
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Posted 5 years ago


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Beautiful but deadly. Mid-Century Modern colors by Kentile, a Brooklyn based company which lasted nearly 100 years before asbestos forced them into bankruptcy. Today, a search on the company turns up far more hits for respiratory disease then floor tiles, but you'll still find a few folks trying to match colors and patch-up the floor in the ping-pong room.

Kentile had an eight-story tall sign visible from the Gowanus. It rusts there still, I guess, a reminder for product safety and essentially a gigantic memorial for the workers and homemakers who lived with Kentile.

They epitomize the 1950s, but don't scuff your feet too hard and stir up fibers. Don't grind them up when you remodel either.

Salesman Sample Box of Kentile (No Date) Collection Jim Linderman
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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Caveat emptor!
    Amazing palette for Devil's Dust!
    The court battles continue!

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