PRINTERS' PASTIMES -- Outside the Lines
After college, while looking for a job, he met the president of G.B. Goldman Paper Co., and soon thereafter took a job as a sales trainee. Bernstein moved up to sales manager, and then to vice president.
In October of 2000, the company decided to close the sales and management department in Philadelphia, and run all of it through its Texas division. Bernstein then made a move to Philadelphia-based Case Paper, where he was hired as manager of the Case Access Group.
Mercury Print Productions
John Place's career in the printing industry began in 1979 when he joined his mother, Valerie, at what was then called Mercury Forms. He started out at the Rochester, NY-based company as an artist, and soon was running all of the equipment including the presses, when necessary.
Now known as Mercury Print Productions, the company has since grown into a reputable, high-end sheetfed offset printer, occupying a 72,000-square-foot facility, and employing more than 190 people with an active client list of over 450 customers locally and abroad.
Mercury Print Productions President John Place doesn't play around when it comes to his antique toy collection.
Place, now president of Mercury Print Productions, has an unusual interest outside of the work environment. He has amassed an extensive collection of antique toys and signs. According to Place, he has another family member to thank for this hobby.
"I became interested in antique toys when my uncle took me to my first auction in 1991," Place recalls. "I loved how the toys from the 1920s were constructed."
Place says he quickly fell in love with old Gas Station Petroliana. This led to the purchase of a 1910 Texaco "Rest Room" and Texaco "Marina" sign. Since then, Place has been an avid collector. Over the past decade, he has dedicated his spare time to acquiring more than 800 toys and 300 signs.