Congratulations to our 3,000th. Letterhead Website Members! They are Jim & Lorna Ingram who, along with their son Roy, own and operate Jim Ingram Signs in Penryn, California. Here's some of Jim's story in his own words.
After about 20 years in the sign trade I started my own business in Dec. '76. Working out of my garage and driving an old Ford pick-up truck, I managed to struggle through the first year in the Sacramento, CA sign market. The next year I bought a new red; '77 Toyota pick-up truck and striped, gilded and lettered it like a little fire engine it's been my trade mark ever since.
In 1980 my wife, Lorna and I moved to Penryn, CA,
which is about 25 miles east of Sacramento. I built my log house while
living in a mobile home on five rural acres. My sign shop is in the
24'x40' full basement that I had excavated before building. My garage
doors at the open end of the basement provide a projection/bulletin wall
and the paved parking area is adequate for lettering
That project has spun off into many other museum
commissions that I consider a privilege since a typical sign painter's job
might only last but a few years. Aside from my early training in my Dad's
sign shop (Marin Sign Co.) in San Rafael, CA, I consider the Letterheads
movement to be the biggest influence on my sign artist skills. The
amazingly talented and sharing people I have met,
On a personal note, Barb and I wish to thank all of you for the support you have shown us and this website. It has become the best voice small sign shop owners have ever had. We raelly are an on-line community! As we grow to welcome our 4,000th. member and beyond, we will continue to rely on your feedback as to what direction you, the signmakers, want to go. Our best to all of you and your families!
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