I've had a couple of people suggest 'Bang' now, and I have to say it is
very close. All the photos I've seen lean to far into the brown or purple
pigments to match, but it's hard to tell how much color variation is due to
photography, and how much is real. The pattern is very nearly
identical. When I counted veins on the falls in your photo and mine, they
didn't match up, but in another photo they match exactly (individual
variation). It is at the top of the candidate list (in fact it is the only
one I've kept on the list so far). I'm not sure it's the same, but I may
order 'Bang' if I can find it, just for a comparison. It would be fun to
put names on all these. Margie has sent several possible suggestions for
some of them too - thanks to all of you who have sent suggestions. I'm
still open to more too!
I have put a list of (perhaps all - at least most) Long's introductions
from between 1959 and 1989, but I don't now how many were before this.
This list should include any that caught my grandfather's eye during the period
the ones I photographed were introduced. I doubt any are much older than
1959, but I think I need to go at least ten years further back. Not sure
when Long's started in business either. Of course even if he got them from
Long's, doesn't mean they were necessarily Long's introductions. Just a
shot in the dark.