Artograph was founded in Minneapolis in 1947 by 3 entrepreneurs, Ed Hirschoff, John Engle and Les Kouba. It was Mr. Kouba, a promising wild life artist, who suggested developing a projector that would help him enlarge his wild life photos onto a canvas; thus the first Artograph was born. This first projector was built from assorted automobile parts, garage door track, plywood and bellows, all scavenged from a junk shop.
Many variations were created from that first projector, but it was in 1977 when a totally new design in projectors was created. This was the DB300 table top projector-- an instant success and a key tool for artists and designers for over 20 years. Since then, Autograph's focus has expanded from the commercial artist and designer towards the distinctive needs of the fine artist and the crafter. A number of new projectors and light boxes have been introduced, providing options for everyone from the hobbyist to the seasoned professional. Most recently, Artograph has produced a line of metal studio furniture for work and storage.
Sixty years later, Artograph President Don Dow remains committed to the mission of making the creative process more rewarding and productive. Wet Paint is committed to bringing you these fine products from one of our local manufacturers!
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