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A Look at the Business That Gives Us Visuals: Lynn Imaging

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Lynn Imaging featured in Business Lexington!
Posted on January 22, 2013 By Dan Dickson

Lexington, KY – Newly arrived home from World War II, hundreds of thousands of GIs couldn’t wait to get on with their lives. With optimism and perhaps new-found confidence, many dreamed of starting their own businesses.

Kentuckian Jack Lynn, who had been a member of the Merchant Marines stationed in the North Atlantic, was one of them.

Skilled at working with blue prints, Lynn returned home to work in that field in Louisville. But someone suggested he move to Lexington and start his own company.

With $5,000 from his father, Lynn and wife Marcella rented a 1,000 square foot building on Short St. in Lexington, bought some used equipment and flung open the door to customers. That’s when Lynn Blue Prints, the forerunner of today’s more familiar Lynn Imaging, was born.

In the company’s early days, there were several Lexington-area engineering firms competing for the same business, explained J.L. Lynn, the founder’s son. “There was a ‘war’ going on for five years but he survived and built a great reputation,” he said.

In the 1960s, Lynn moved the company to a series of buildings on Old Vine St., where the company is headquartered today. “I started trimming prints when I was nine years old and made about 50 cents a week,” J.L. remembered about his family’s business.

“We opened some copy shops around the area when that was a ‘hot’ business to be in,” said J.L. There were several locations in Lexington, Nicholasville and Frankfort, and during the coal boom, one each in Hazard and Pikeville.

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