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As part of the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot’s 100th anniversary celebration in mid-October, a retired Marine in uniform greeted visitors to the ribbon-cutting for the new exhibits at the Parris Island Museum with an enthusiastic “home of the best of the best.” He beamed with pride and dignity as he welcomed guests to learn more about the Corps culture and the role the museum plays in that culture.
The two new exhibits and an updated exhibit, which were unveiled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, join other exhibit galleries in the 10,000-square foot museum detailing the history and traditions of the Marine Corps. The new exhibits include: the Making of a Marine, an exhibit that gives visitors a glimpse into the life of a recruit and the training process upon arrival at Parris Island with Yellow Footprints (the iconic first step toward becoming a Marine) to follow, a gas chamber, and rifle range; and The Drill Instructor, an exhibit that details the role of the DI through the different parts of training from receiving to combat conditioning, marksmanship and finally transformation into a Marine. The updated Global War on Terror exhibit features beams from the World Trade Center and large panels with engaging photographs and detailed descriptions of the Marines’ role in the GWOT.
Along with these exhibits, the museum houses thousands of artifacts, images, and illustrations that trace the development of Parris Island into a Marine Corps installation. The museum dates back forty years to when it was dedicated in 1975. Since then, the museum has welcomed recruits, Marine families, veterans, and the general public.
The museum serves as an integral part of the recruits’ training. On Day 41 of their training they visit the museum to learn about the legacy of the Corps. The recruits and other visitors can gain inspiration from the stories told through artifacts and images of the Marines who served.
While working on the museum exhibit panels with Dr. Jeanne Encalade, a retired Marine, and Kim Zawacki, the curator, the staff at Printology experienced first-hand how the museum impacts visitors. During one visit, a retired Marine pointed out to his wife the exact location of where he served on a large map of the Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. He explained his unit’s role in the battle at that location. On other days working at the museum we overheard other Marines walking through the museum sharing their experiences. So we were, to say the least, honored to be a small part of this undertaking.
The museum serves as a reminder that those who served are among the best of the best—from the retired Marine greeting us at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to the Marine who showed his wife his battle location on the map, to the fresh-faced recruits in training getting a reprieve from physical training inside the museum.
Signs are a form of communication that dates back to cave drawings, but have evolved with the advent of wide format digital printing technology into graphic images that can wrap skyscrapers and cover 53,000 square feet and measure 105 feet by 505 feet or more. The purpose, however, remains the same—to communicate a message and attract attention.
Modern signage began around the time of the Greeks and Romans when fixed locations for trade became more common. These early businesses displayed symbols or trade signs made of stone or terracotta outside their establishments. Additionally, the Romans introduced the first road sign system to indicate distances and direction. After the Dark Ages, signs became more than just utilitarian. The increase in commerce, trade, and wealth encouraged more elaborate and artistic trade signs. Merchants began to compete for the most elaborate signs by using intricate carvings, bright paint, gilding, and ornamental iron in their designs.
Once this sign competition began, businesses continued to latch on to new technological developments such as, electronic illuminated signs, LED displays, and programmable message boards. Starting in 2000, the emergence of large format digital printing began to change the industry.
Wide format digital is now considered mainstream although changes in technology, materials, and markets continue to expand the range. Our HP Latex 360 is one of the newest innovations. It delivers sharp, consistent repeatable image quality with high-efficiency curing, six colors, and 1200 dpi. It produces indoor and outdoor prints up to 64 inches on a variety of media including textiles and wallpaper. And it uses water-based HP latex ink, which is better for the environment, odorless, and approved for healthcare settings.
The ways and places to display your message today are almost endless—storefront signs, sidewalk graphics, window graphics, wall graphics, point-of-purchase signs, vehicle wraps, building wraps, banners, yard signs, lobby signs, backlit displays, menu boards, sandwich boards. And signs continue to be one of the most effective ways of communicating a message to either to the general public or a target audience. Signs made good business sense ages ago and even more so today.