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  • Here's another great "throwback" from Whip Mix Corp. Marketing Manager John Hughes estimates that it's from the mid 1980s, given the many pairs of acid washed jeans! — tagged Whip Mix Corp.

  • A $5 Denture?

    Here's a sample price list from Rothstein Dental Laboratory, Washington, D.C., circa 1906, reprinted from our November/December 1999 issue:
    Try-ins: $1.50
    Stone models: $0.50
    Full dentures, including setup: $5
    Veneer crowns, anterior: $7.50
    Veneer crowns, molar: $8.50
    Reinforced Lyfe-Lyke Bridge, each tooth or dummy: $12.50

    Things sure have changed...to give you an in-depth look at restoration fees in 2014, LMT is currently conducting its biennial Fee Survey. Click here by Monday, June 16 to participate: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMT_2014_Fee_Survey and watch for results in our October issue!

  • In our April 1999 issue, we covered Dick Pilsner, CDT's revolutionary decision to build a daycare center at D&S Dental Laboratory in Waunakee, WI. The daycare, which was open to both employees and non-employees, quickly earned a reputation in the area and eventually grew to 180 kids. The daycare has since been sold off; however, D&S employees' children get priority for placement and the laboratory still subsidizes childcare expenses.

    Coming in our June/July issue, we revisit D&S Dental Laboratory to hear about its latest undertaking: a growth strategy focused on acquisitions. Get an inside...See more

  • In the Scrapbook of the Century in LMT's November/December 1999 issue, Fred Howard shared this photo of the third annual Durallium Get-Together in February 1941 in Chicago. Note that his wife is the only woman in the photograph. Following the meeting, the Durallium bulletin printed, "It was really wonderful to have the presence of this young lady...and she has the distinction and the honor of being the first and only member of her sex to grace our festivities. Fred Howard is certainly lucky to have this wonderful partner both in business and in life and from the manner in which she took everything...See more

  • April 1991: The 1st Annual LAB DAY West

    In 1991, seven years after the founding of LAB DAY Chicago, LMT took the show on the road to sunny southern California. More than 800 laboratory product buyers attended our first LAB DAY West, which featured 75 exhibitors and clinics sponsored by a dozen different companies.

    And my, how it's grown: this weekend, we celebrate our 24th annual LAB DAY West with 140 exhibitors on Saturday and 150+ hours of concurrent CE courses held on Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove!

  • Here's a look at Rothstein Dental Laboratory, Washington D.C. in 1906. Robert J. Rothstein (center) would later organize the NADL and serve as its first president. His nephew, Morris Rothstein, is on the far right holding a ladle. Note that at least three workers (called mechanics back then) are wearing neckties, the overhead light is an electrified gas fixture, and the lack of dust collectors. At the window sill, also notice the three black metal tubes and plungers; these were swaggers used to mash soft plate gold into a cusp formation to be soldered into a band of gold, thus making a gold shell...See more

  • In the late 1800s, Bunde & Upmeyer, a jewelry manufacturing firm in Milwaukee, WI, started to do some metal fabrication for a few dentists, mostly as a favor to them. This friendly gesture grew to be a small department in its jewelry business and became the Bunde & Upmeyer Dental Laboratory. Both the jewelry business and the laboratory prospered and continued to operate until the early 1960s. The laboratory grew to be a 25-technician operation. Men from other parts of the country would visit to study the lab operation and return home to start their own.

    ~LMT, Nov./Dec. 1999; originally from personal...See more

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY - in existence since 1946 till present

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    The contents of the display cabinet were donated in 2012 to the Department of Restorative Dentistry, NYCCT by Nicholas A. Argentieri III in the memory of his Father Nicholas A. Argientieri Jr. Both, father and son were dental technicians and dental lab owners for many years.

  • Renata Budny, CDT · Assistant Professor at NYC College of Technology

    Department of Restorative Dentistry in New York City College of Technology (1996-present) have been collecting and displaying dental and dental technology artifacts in the display cabinets on the 4th floor of Pearl Building, NYCCT, Brooklyn, NY. The exhibits display vulcanite dentures, books and manuals, tools, materials, and equipment from various time periods.

  • LMT is Born: September 1984

    "Let me invite you into the pages of Lab Management Today...our goal is to give you the tools you need to build a better, more profitable, smoothly operating dental laboratory business," wrote LMT's Publisher Judy Fishman (pictured below in September 1984) in Lab Management Today's inaugural issue.

    "We're not holding anything back. We're giving you an applied self-teaching program, management consulting, psychological conditioning, financial and investment planning and the way to make the information work for you--for a price. The price is your time and your open-mindedness. The payoff is tenfold."
    — tagged Judy Fishman

  • Industry veteran Jim Cusick shared this photo from 1962, when Masahiro Kuwata presented a clinic on behalf of the J.M. Ney Company at Gerry and Sigmund Katz's dental lab in East Orange, NJ. "I was the Ney rep in charge of the clinic, which covered Thermalite Porcelain. This was one of the many clinics Mr. Kuwata presented for Ney," says Cusick, who started his career in a Cleveland dental lab in 1942 and later founded ServaLab and UDS.

  • "In 1952, I moved from Philadelphia to Auburn, NY to open BonaDent," said Angelo Bonafiglia, Founder of BonaDent Laboratories, in the November/December 1999 issue of LMT. "My wife Agnes and I drove up with a truck full of equipment through a hurricane--which, incidentally, was also named Agnes. We stayed one step ahead of her most of the way, but when we got to New York, we had to wait a few days to set up the lab because the storm had knocked the power out."

    Angelo is shown here (on the right) with his brother-in-law, Sy, in the early days of BonaDent. Today, the 200-person business--with...See more — tagged Bruce Bonafiglia

  • LMT: a 30 Year Retrospective

    To celebrate our 30th anniversary, LMT wanted to take LAB DAY Chicago attendees on a walk down memory lane. We pored through our old photo files--going back to 1984--and put together a video using some of our favorite pictures. Many LAB DAY attendees told us how much fun they had watching the video and searching for old friends. If you didn't see it in Chicago, here it is for your viewing pleasure!

    http://youtu.be/5Re8Tne3nbI

  • Talk about a throwback! We love this old photo of the Cal-Lab Coordination Board from the mid- 1980s. How many old friends can you spot in this photo?

    For almost 90 years, Cal-Lab Groups' annual meeting in Chicago has been a place to learn and network, both inside and outside the meeting room. The Cal-Lab Group is the oldest dental laboratory origination in continuous existence. (The name "CAL" harkens back to the group's origins as Certified Akers Laboratories, which fabricated one-piece castings using a technique by Dr. Polk Akers.) In more recent years, the group was directed by the...See more

  • January 2008: LMT Readers Forecast CAD/CAM Growth

    Our 2008 Digital Technology survey found that CAD/CAM-milled restorations made up 19% of respondents' C&B workloads. We asked respondents to predict what their CAD/CAM caseload would look like by 2013, and they predicted it would more than double in those five years, rising to 42%.

    So how did their predictions pan out? According to LMT's 2013 Digital Technology survey, CAD/CAM-milled restorations made up 41% of their C&B caseloads! Pretty spot on!

    For more statistics on the growth of CAD/CAM, watch for our May issue.

  • Whip Mix Corp. · Louisville, KY

    Whip Mix Research and Development Laboratory, approximately 1928. Note gentleman with the original Whip Mix (egg beater) Spatulator. It's Robert Neiman who, over a period of 63 years at Whip Mix Corp., made significant discoveries and contributions to the profession. He was the author of numerous professional articles in dental journals and dental material textbooks and patented many of his inventions. In 1998, he was awarded the world-acclaimed Skinner Award for meritorious innovation in dental materials, the highest award that the Dental Materials Group bestows upon life-long individual achievement.

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