The name "brickhouse" is meaningful to our family. It was the foundation of a pricing code used by P.J.s father in his lifelong independent pharmacy business. Not to mention, it was a great song released in 1977 by the Commodores.
We started brickhouse partners ltd in 2008 while I was working full-time in the employee benefit industry. From the outset we sold "buy/sell" products at any venue we could find. Then in 2012 through 2015, our product line changed to sports photography. We learned a lot about selling art during this period.
Now moving to patent art in early 2016. P.J.'s grandfather, Grandpa Sanker created a legacy for this family with his patent. He worked for U.S. Playing Card Company in Norwood, Ohio as a lithographer producing the first Bicycle playing cards in the mid 1920s. His lithograph machine tended to over-heat resulting in lost production time. Grandpa invented a cooling roller that solved that problem. It became an international standard for lithography machines. Near the end of his working career Grandpa completed a second patent improving his first creation.
I wanted to honor Grandpa Sanker in a 2015 Christmas gift to P.J. and her brother Jay. I found the both patents, embellished them to the best of my ability then presented the final product to both P.J. and Jay.
By George, I was able to do this patent art thing!
I spent January through May, 6:00am to 5:00 or 6:00pm in the evening, seven days a week building our inventory from the U.S. Patent Office database of nearly ten million patent records. P.J. and I hit the road in June of 2016 selling our patent art all over Ohio and Michigan.
In 2017, we participated in 47 events! We sold thousands of prints inside, outside and online during 2017. In 2018 there will be more to talk about.
Grandpa Sanker's Original Patents & The Bicycle Playing Card Patent From 1926:
P.J. & Brian, brickhouse partners ltd
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