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  1. Do you know what happened to any of the original Fort Clinch State Park Negatives? I worked their as a teen and would be interested in finding them.  

  2. Dexter Press, Inc.

    My Grandfather, Thomas A. Dexter, founded and ran Dexter Press. As a young boy I grew up in the printing plant in West Nyack. It was a very interesting and successful business. In the early 1970's my Grandfather sold Dexter Press to Consolidated Foods, which had a graphics arts division. My father, Robert Reardon, managed Dexter Press for Consolidated Foods until 1977, when Consolidated Foods sold Dexter Press to an individual whose name escapes me. This individual borrowed a significant amount of money to buy Dexter Press and unfortunately the venture was not successful. This individual sold Dexter Press to a printing company in Missouri who adopted the Dexter Press name. I believe this is the Dexter Press that currently prints church related documents. Some of the Dexter Press files and color seperations went to Missouri but there was no interest in the older files and color seperations. My mother and aunt have some of the earliest files and cards. Long term employees also received some of the older files. The Dexter building in West Nyack was sold to a beer distributor but it was eventually torn down so a shopping mall could be built. My mother has stories about how she and my Grandfather used Kodak chemistry and film to perfect the color seperation process, using the bathtub in their house to perform the work in because the bathroom could be made dark and the bathtub prevented spills from making a mess, which my Grandmother was not fond of! After perfecting his technique, my Grandfather developed different ways to market and sell the postcards. He began in Pearl River, NY and after the business had grown and he needed a larger facility, he bought land in West Nyack on Rt 303 and had a new building constructed. As I grew up I usually spent Saturday mornings at the plant with my father, absorbing the workings of the plant without even knowing it. I have many fond memories of Dexter Press and am proud of what my Grandfather and all of the wonderful people who worked there created. With respect to the 1963 Wordls Fair, my Grandfather and Father paid a fee to be the supplier of postcards at the Worlds Fair. Dexter Press sold postcards directly to the vendors at teh Fair. They parked an 18 wheeler trailer in a parking lot and kept it filled with postcards. Every day an employee would call on each vendor on the faigrounds and resupply their stores with postcards. By selling directly to the retailers Dexter Press made a handsome profit on the postcards at the Fair.
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