A Tour With the Sign Smiths



Ever notice how many name plates are at a First Tennessee bank? Ever wondered who made your notary’s seal that stamped your document? Sign Smiths, formerly known as Advance Rubber Stamps and Accurate Graphics, produce everything from name plates, monument signs, engraving of braille and fuel rails, to all kinds of stamping, not just rubber. Though, sometimes we’re all just a bit fond of the ol’ rubber stamp.. especially if it has an image of a puppy dog. Hey, they can do that too!! AND George Washington’s profile shot? Why yes, even George Washington’s profile shot.


Thanks to Jeremy Smith for blessing me with a tour of how things work at a stamp, sign and engraving company. My personal favorite is the wood engraving but the liquid pouch turning into a rubber stamp by photo emulsion and the invisible laser cutting up a delicate name plate were quite fascinating as well.

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