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Monday, February 2, 2009

The trouble with being Ernest....for openers.

I picked this up many years ago at the Elephant's trunk in New Milford, CT. At first, I couldn't really remember why. I don't collect letter openers. Sometimes I will pick an item up because it might make a good joke gift, but I don't usually buy things this random.

Then I turned it over and I remembered why I couldn't resist.

Ernest Burbank could have done anything with his life, but during one period he was a door-to-door salesman for the Fuller Brush company. Is this even a real name? If I were an author looking for a character to build a story around, after picking this up, I would be inspired to create a world around how this letter opener came to be.

Little did Ernest's parents know, that when they named him, they may have sentenced him to a life of door to door sales. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, what a name!

1 comment:

  1. I remember when the Elephants Trunk first opened, It's nice to see they survived the years.
    They always did have some unique items there.


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