About 30 years ago my father as secretary of Commerce of Pennsylvania
created low interest loans for businesses. He arranged for the person
who did our framing - a monster named Marty Gould- to get a loan to
buy his building for $400,000 at 2% for 30 years.
a few weeks after getting the money I brought in a Karl Bodmer print
for him to frame for me. It has perfect color, full margins, insane
borders and a rich, deep impression. Also the color transfer from
the copper plate was sublime.
I came back a few weeks later to pick up the framed aquatint and saw
that it has been sliced through the middle.
My heart was broken. I was dazed. It took me a few minutes to
find the words to ask what happened.
He said, "Oh dont worry I cut it while matting it but it is fixed now
with scotch tape. Its fine.
I then said, "Ok you jerk. I am going to rent the building across
the street, open the finest framing factory in the world and do
whatever it takes to put you out of business. I dont care if I lose
money for the rest of my life."
I then did exactly that - I learned the framing business and did, in
fact, put him about of business about 15 years later.
That is how I entered the frame manufacturing business. We are the
best in the world - using the best technicians and materials that are now housed in a
wonderful 18th century home in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvnia where my first
4 children were also conceived. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and
was George Washington's headquarters before Valley Forge. Would love
to show you the facilities someday.