To dispel any confusion, this entry is entitled "Last Thursday" because today was my last Thursday at work. Today's tie is a Cornell University tie, a welcoming gift from my new colleagues at Cornell--and I'm not even there yet! The red on the tie is not just any red, it is carnelian, for university founder Ezra Cornell; the white is also significant, representing Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White. Here's a closeup of the university insignia that is repeated on the tie:
The small shield in the upper left of the large shield represents the United States; the small shield on the right represents New York State, being a portion of the New York coat of arms; and the open book in the bottom portion of the shield contains Ezra Cornell's vision statement: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." (Here's an older version of the insignia, in color.) For a complete history of Cornell's various logos (and the reason this is not called a seal), I recommend this .pdf document at the Cornell website.
The tie was made by Wm. Chelsea Ltd. Custom Designed Neckwear of Madison, Connecticut of a lustrous, heavy silk twill. Thank you to my new compatriots, I'll see you soon!