Blick's first catalog originated in 1911 in the form of a small pamphlet issued by the company's two founding partners, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Blick. The warehouse was located in their kitchen and their "shipping department" was the local post office. Their first product was a lettering pen, which quickly became a best-seller. Thirty-seven years later, sensing a tremendous business opportunity, my grandfather, Robert Metzenberg, purchased Dick Blick from its founders. Although my grandfather was not a great artist, he loved serving artists and had an eye for quality merchandise. Along with Jack Wyatt, my grandfather's hard-working associate and partner, who joined Blick in 1958, the company soon realized triple-digit growth.
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One of the most interesting facts about color blindness is about inheritance of the disorder. Color blindness is one of the genetic disorders in humans. As the most common form of this deficiency is related to X chromosome or color blindness chromosome, color blindness tends to be more common in males than in females. But color blindness genetics also suggest that even though women are not color blind themselves, they are very active carriers of color blindness. Interestingly, a mother is bound to pass her red-green color blindness to all her sons, but its less likely for the father to do the same.