on American Restoration

The History Channel
Wednesday Feb. 8th, 2012
American Restoration at 8:30 CST

I was working on the weld table involved in a large project several months back when… I received a phone call from Rick Dale, owner of American Restoration.  I remember the phone call well – I answered the phone, Rick barely introduced himself before I told him I had to call him back then I hung up on him.

Oh….., I called Rick back after I finished my welding and apologized for hanging up on him, he said he understood.  It was then that Rick told me he had a special machine that had been brought in for restoration – it was a Graphotype 6341 that came from Mare Island, CA and had been in service with the US Navy since the 1940’s and WWII.

Rick, owner and lead character on The History Channel’s hit show American Restoration had gotten my phone number from someone in the Graphotype community and was told if it is Graphotype related, then was the place to go for information.  Our second phone call was the start of a great relationship.  After hearing about the machine and visiting with Rick, was on board to help get this machine “ship shape” and back on line. worked with Rick and his crew to restore the machine to it’s as issued condition.

Victory Stores Graphotype as delivered on the Set of American Restoration

American Restoration is a hit show on The History Channel where Rick Dale, his son and crew take anything from the past restore it to new. has a special place in our heart for Rick and his show because of the father son relationship that Rick has fostered by bringing his son into the show and teaching him the merits of hard work and the trade.  As a father myself the importance of family led me to create a father son project that delivered rewards far beyond anything we imagined.

My son Kobie, started his business as a result of our father son project.  From age 12 up until his entrance into the US Navy, Kobie owned and operated DogTagsRus a business where he made and sold dog tags.  Now that Kobie is serving our country in the US Navy as a corpsman, DogTagsRus has been handed down to his sister Kelsey.  Kelsey is in the process of opening her online store – so what started as a father son project is being carried on as a father daughter project.  Don’t tell Kobie, but – Kelsey learned well – currently she outsells him two to one.

The Graphotype machine spotlighted in the show spent most of it’s life producing tags at the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard in Vallejo, CA.  As delivered the machine was in poor shape, damaged,  missing parts and did not function., worked directly with Rick and his crew secure replacement parts and provided technical support and advice to get the machine back into service.  All the work done was performed by Rick and his talented crew who were in constant contact to verify every detail so that they could ensure that when the machine was finished it would be 100% correct just as the day it was delivered to the US Navy.

Victory Stores, 435 Virginia St., Vallejo, CA 94590

The Graphotype 6341 has found a new home in Vallejo’s Victory Stores on Virginia Street in Vallejo, California.  The machine will live on making dog tags and the proceeds from the sales will go to help fund the Vallejo Fireworks Display.

To read more about this machine here is an article written about the machine in the Vallejo Times Herald.




Kobie turns the reines over to his sister Kelsey

Great Lakes, IL – Kobie owner of DogTagsRus is proudly serving in the United States Navy.

March of 2011, Kobie graduated Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL then went on to United States Marine Corps training and currently serving as a US Navy Corpsman.

Kobie, choosing to serve his country has suspended the operation of his business and online sales of dog tags through DogTagsRus.comKobie elected to make the decision to turn over his business to his sister Kelsey.

Kelsey will carry on the family business and will keep the old web site up for informational purposes but she is opening a new website, that she hopes will become her flagship website for online sales.

Kelsey pays for her new Graphotype machine.


Shortly after taking over the company Kelsey bought two of her own Graphotype machines.  Kelsey went and negotiated with the sellers of these machines and she bought them all on her own.

The only thing Kelsey had help with was the transportation of the machines to the warehouse.

Check back often as Kelsey hopes to be selling on line very soon.

We are proud of Kobie serving our country and….

Kobie is proud of Kelsey carrying on the business he knows she will do well.

– Graphotype Staff


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It has been a very busy year here at and we hope to be back after the holidays with more informaton and posts to keep you entertained and informed.

Please everyone have a safe holiday and spend time with your families.

See you in 2012
Graphotype Staff


TriStateUSA – Owners Spotlight

If you have ever shopped eBay for Graphotype machines no doubt you have run across the seller ID TriStateUSA.  The man behind this TriStateUSA eBay ID is Bruce Beckman.

TriStateUSA your trusted selling partner

Welcome to our store.  We are just normal guys trying to make a living.  We are fair and if there are ever any problems, PLEASE call me or email me directly at, that is my personal email address and I will work it out.

I feel all problems can be worked out to everyone satisfaction.  With a little flexibility we have had some great success on eBay.  – Thanks Bruce

As founder of, we met Bruce many years ago and we can say nothing but good things about him.  He is a man of his word and a dedicated family man, he comes highly recommended by

It is Bruce’s dedication to his family, his values. outlook on life and business ethic that make us at happy to recommend Bruce Beckman and TriStateUSA.

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eBay Kool-Aid Example #5

It never ceases to amaze me what people try to sell things for.

This seller is asking $2700.00 for a 6341.

The eBay Kool-Aid once again proves to be as addictive as crack cocaine!

This is one of the most amazing things I have seen to date, this is a surplus dealer selling this machine and their asking price is $2700.00!  If this machine sells at this price please, please send me an email I am getting ready to sell mine.

There is no tag roller on this machine, and one has to ask – if they seller is asking $2700.00 for the machine….. What did the seller buy it for?

This is eBay Kool-Aid served with ice !

Don't drink the eBay Kool-Aid

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