Field Notes

Colors:

Could We Have A Moment of Your Time?

November 6th, 2012 by Bryan Bedell

Please allow us to insert a well-worn wingtip into your front door and we’ll tell you all about our 16th limited-edition FIELD NOTES COLORS release. The TRAVELING SALESMAN EDITION is an old-fashioned ledger book with modern practicality in celebration of the door-to-door salesmen who moved product and kept the American economy humming throughout the last century.

Please take a look at the new release here. Individual 3packs are sold out but you can still get the TRAVELING SALESMAN EDITION by starting a COLORS subscription, then you’ll be all set for Winter, Spring and Summer too.

Door-to-Door, a FIELD NOTES Podcast!


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When we set out to find an expert on the subject of traveling salesmen, we were surprised to find one who lives just up the road from us here in Chicago. Ron Solberg is the author of the highly recommended, foremost guide, The Whizbangs of Oohs and Aahs, which offers up hundreds of stories, anecdotes, quotes, thumbnail biographies, and even a play he wrote, based on a salesman’s diary found in the Newberry Library archives.

The son of a Fuller Brush Man, Solberg worked in traveling sales for years, then moved on to marketing and advertising. These days, he’s a social studies and history teacher. Ron very graciously lent us a good deal of his time and expertise, and shared many stories about the history of traveling sales and the characters therein.