Our business name "brickhouse" is meaningful to our family. It was the foundation of a pricing code used by P.J.s father, our small business hero, in his lifelong independent pharmacy business. Not to forget, 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 initial 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 2016 thru 2019, we participated in 50+ Art, Craft, and Vintage Market events! We sold thousands of prints inside, outside and online this period, mostly within Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. It's best to forget about 2020, right? In 2021 we were awarded an Honorable Mention Award in Digital Art at SummerFair Cincinnati. 2021 was and 2022 could be monumental years for our business.
Grandpa Sanker's Original Patents & The Bicycle Playing Card Patent Issued In 1926:
Our Home Office
I matte 50 or more exhibit packs to replace inventory sold at an event.
Two of our awards and Corporate Custom Patent Art Collage Wall
We call this our work center's black wall with several #PatentArtCollage #PatentArtDuo and #MetalPatentArt
We have the honor of introducing people to published patent wall art that matches up perfectly with popular areas of interest.