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Where In The Town: Stonehouse Signs

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For more than 148 years, this company has been making workplace safety signs. Their contributions in the early years of the industrial safety movement can really be measured in the number of lives saved.

William Stonehouse opened a sign shop in Chicago in 1863 and taught his son, James Wesley - better known as J.W. - the art of painting gold-leaf lettering on store-front windows.

In 1904, J.W. moved west with the gold mining boom and set up shop as "J.W. Stonehouse, Painter of Good Signs, Pictures and Framing."

A few years later, he headed to the Victor-Cripple Creek region, and it was here that the accident-prevention sign business was born.

Stonehouse Signs became one of five founding member companies of what is now known as the National Safety Council. In present day, you'll find Stonehouse Signs in workplaces all over the country.

Sign making has changed a lot over the past century-and-a-half, and Stonehouse has added a lot of new technology to keep up with the times.

Yet - as you'll see in the video portion of this morning's "Where in the Town" seen above - many of the sign-making techniques that this company pioneered in the 1900s are still in use today.

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