Royal Stamp Blog
The Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Alberta recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation to their ice rink.The rink has an important and decorated history as the home to many previous world and Olympic champion figure skaters. To commemorate these athletes and the history of the Royal Glenora rink, Royal was tasked with manufacturing and installing in the rink, 8 large 4' x 8' signs featuring the athlete's names and championships won. A "Wall of Honour" featuring names like Kristi Yamaguchi, Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier now adorns the north wall of the Royal Glenora rink—reminders of a storied past for champions of the future!
After living in Alberta for over 30 years I've grown to really treasure every summer afternoon and warm fall days. I don't like the cold so I am in a constant state of denial about when winter is coming. However, today when I was outside on a walk during my lunch break there was a banner on the building a few doors down from us advertising a sale on toques. It was very Canadian, very Albertan and it was a sign that I could not ignore winter any longer.
Perhaps if I paid more attention to the natural world I would see some of the signs of a harsh winter, such as the ones listed below from The Farmer's Almanac, and not be so shocked when the white flakes start falling down.
- Thicker than normal corn husks
- Frequent halos or rings around sun or moon forecast numerous snow falls
- Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
In the sign industry we don't have any indicator's of a harsh winter but we do know that winter is around the corner when our clients start ordering 2 kinds of winter signs.
The most common type of winter sign clients order are "CAUTION FALLING ICE & SNOW" signs. These are usually done as sandwich boards and are very popular with property managers and business owners. Other variations on the message include "Caution Slippery When Icy" and we can include graphics to help you illustrate your point.
The other type of sign that is becoming more popular when winter approaches is the "No Idling" sign. The City of Edmonton passed a new "Be Idle Free" bylaw that came into effect January 1, 2013. Although the bylaw is only in effect for schools and hospitals, many condo complexes and organizations like the University of Alberta have had signs made that encourage people to not idle their cars. The City of Edmonton has an informative website that has tips on how to lessen the impact of idling.
Do you need some signs to help winterize your property? Give us a call at 780.426.4676 to talk to our sales staff.
For the better part of a year, Royal Rubber Stamp & Sign Co. has been undergoing renovations to our main branch just north of downtown Edmonton. During this time, I have stumbled upon all kinds of photos and memorabilia from Royal's proud and storied history. I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of my finds as they not only show a unique look back at Royal's past, but also offer a glimpse into Edmonton's history. This is a Royal history. Enjoy!
The stamp handle was a signature of Royal Rubber Stamp's vehicles from the 1960's to the late 2000's. This photo dates back to 1982! Do you remember seeing the "stamp" driving around the streets of Edmonton?
Before TSN 1260 was TSN 1260, it was TEAM 1260. Before that? CFRN 1260, a soft rock station. In the 1980's, Royal had some radio ads produced by CFRN 1260 and we still have them on cassettes! Now all we need is a tape player so we can listen to them.
In the early 80's, Royal Rubber Stamp purchased Edmonton Rubber Stamp. This was the shop located in the alley off Jasper Ave. and 102 Street. Notice Scotia Place in the background? Completed in 1983, Scotia Place was only a year old when this photo was taken in 1984!
Prior to its current downtown home at 10633-109 st., Royal was located just a couple blocks south at 10557-109 st. In recent years the old shop was home to a music rehearsal studio (Sound Check Rehearsals), but unfortunately now sits empty.
Though we're not entirely sure what was printed for the Macdonald Hotel using this die, we know it likely dates back to the 60's. Check out those room prices!
Royal opened its first west end location in 1988 when the Seal & Stamp Factory moved west to 10536 - 169 Street. Though no longer at its original location, Royal Rubber Stamp can still be found in the west end at 16608 - 109 Ave.
1974 Toyota Corolla "Stamp" car in front of the old downtown location at 10557 - 109 Street.
I hope you've enjoyed this little journey back in time! I'll do another one of these in the future. In the meantime, if you'd like to see more of Royal's history, be sure to follow us on twitter and search the hashtag #royalyeghistory.
A very common phone call that we receive from customers is how to re-ink and change the pad on their self inking stamps. The process is actually quite simple when you can see it visually, so we have posted a video that shows you how on our Trodat, Flash and Evo self inking stamps. We sell all the replacement cartridges for the Trodat brand of self inking stamps as well as the replacement ink for our Flash and Evo stamps. Give us a call at 780.426.4676 or order online.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved stickers. I loved collecting them, showing them off and well, sticking them. This of course was a nightmare for my parents who would find big, ugly stickers stuck to the furniture, walls, windows and anywhere I thought looked "nice". The solution to this problem? Sticker books! This gave me a new and acceptable place to stick and collect my stickers but did not solve the problem from my previous attempts at "interior decorating". My parents were left to deal with half-ripped stickers, residue and damage to various surfaces around the home. If only they had known what I know now!
Fast-forward to the present and I am the Lead Sign Installer here at Royal Rubber Stamp. As a sign installer, I am tasked with not only the installation of signs and decals, but often the removal. The removal of old signs and decals can at times be one of the trickier parts of the job, particularly when trying to do so while limiting and/or preventing damage. In my nearly nine years of installing and removing signs and decals, I've learned some tricks that make my life a little easier. In the video below, I share some of those tricks so you can learn how to remove vinyl decals and stickers with ease!
For more tips, tricks and inside looks at Royal, be sure to check out our other videos on YouTube!
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