Uncle Al’s Secondhand Ties

When we were contacted to help clean out the estate of legendary Star Tribune food columnist Al Sicherman recently, we jumped at the chance.

Those who knew Al appreciated both his talent and his quirks, and his approach to fashion was no less quirky than his embrace of weird foods and nose harps. When, during our work, we discovered his secondhand tie collection in an upstairs closet (complete with its own ‘Uncle Al’s Secondhand Ties’ poster), we knew we had to have them – and share them – with you.

If he hadn’t been such a foodie, we might have been able to offer twice as many ties (some of the original collection appear to have enjoyed food as much as he did, and failed to age gracefully), but even at its present size, the collection is a spirited one (unsurprising, given their source):