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In 1956, my father, R. W. “Jerry” Beall, began hand lettering  stall cards for Fasig-Tipton’s thoroughbred auctions in  Timonium, Maryland. I don’t think he knew then that, 53 years later, a son would still be producing stall cards for these very  same auctions. While growing up, I would watch my father work evenings to  hand letter hundreds of individual stall cards. This was a  “second job” for him. He was a full time government employee in a graphic arts department with the Navel Surface Weapons  Center. He was a husband, a father of four, a little league football coach, an avid camper, and a  WWII Navy vet who served in the Pacific and who never lost his love for the water. He worked  tirelessly without complaint, always delivered as promised, and, through his actions, taught me  the value of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and professionalism. In 1993 my father asked if I would like to help. With little confidence in my ability to handle a  brush the way my father could, I turned to what I knew - computers. Large format inkjet printers  were the new “toys” of the graphics industry then, so, with a  bit of research, a modest loan, and some old-school doubt  from my father towards this new-fangled approach, I  purchased a large format printer, a copy of CorelDraw  software, and began digitally printing stall cards. My father has since put away his brushes and jars of tempera  and has turned his full attention towards enjoying the retired  life, but the Beall name still produces hundreds of stall cards a  year for the thoroughbred auction industry - they’re just made a little differently today than they were 53 years ago.
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