Eddie Allison slipped a metal name plate into the vice of his vintage engraving machine and turned a knob until the jaws clamped it in place. From a box of small, brass stencils he selected a “J” and an “L” and attached them to a tray in the machine. He pulled a metal arm holding what looked like a pen over the letters, adjusted it a little, began to trace it over the “L,” then stopped.

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