We just love hanging around on Elm Street. There is so much to see and do. As we were leaving Design Archives recently, we happened to notice the old tile entranceway, leftover from the building's previous tenants. If you look quickly, and are the least bit accustomed to mirror writing, the tile appears to read, "Co(ngressman) Howard Coble. Actually, it says Coble Hardware Co(mpany).
Recently, Congressman Coble, of the 6th District, announced that he won't run for Congress again, a position he has held since 1984. We don't know if his family had a hardware store on Elm Street or if he is related to the Cobles who inspired the above tile. Perhaps in retirement he will have time to write a memoir. We bet he's seen and done a lot in his lifetime of serving the public. See GDP's tribute to Congressman Coble, here. While we don't endorse political candidates on our website, we do endorse public service, regardless of political party. One on Congressman Coble's interns last year said that the Congressman didn't even ask his political affiliation before awarding him the internship!