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Only slightly less voluminous than his collection of Jeffersonian correspondence is J. Jefferson Looney’s collection of neckwear. He has 375 ties, give or take, and he wears one per day until each has had its moment in the sun, or at least the office. After the last tie has been worn, he begins the process again. Looney has amassed his collection mostly from yard sales, thrift stores and online auctions. Some date from his high school days. Many fit into themes, and he will pay up to $10 for a tie that fills a particular hole in his collection, a standard that has been relaxed significantly from his former ceiling of 25 cents. Here are some highlights and lowlights that were chosen by Julie Lautenschlager and Ellen Hickman, two editors who work with Looney on the Jefferson Retirement Series. Read related article.
NOTE: Photos are of the actual ties but not necessarily the ends. (For instance, the Lincoln head portion shows the middle of the tie, not the bottom.). Bonnie Berkowitz and Todd Lindeman — The Washington Post.