Archives of Royle Publications

Royle Publications had a worldwide reputation as one of the oldest greeting card companies. It was founded as a copper and steel engraving business, and later expanded into a printer and publishers specialising in the reproduction of artwork for greetings cards, calendars, posters and fine art prints. The firm attracted artists such as S.R. Badmin, C.F. Tunnicliffe and David Shepherd. Noel Carrington joined the company soon after the Second World War, and was joined on the board by Rowland Hilder in 1962, both bringing their own publishing and artistic contributions to the firm. The firm was acquired by Paper House, the UK greetings card publisher, in 1995, and no longer exists as a separate business, but continues to flourish as a brand within the Paper House product range.

The collection includes a number of children’s books published in the 1930s and 40s, including some by Kathleen Hale, author of the 'Orlando the Marmalade Cat' books. There are also other illustrated books and a number of greetings cards, calendars and original artwork, as well as catalogues and price lists.

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art, printing history correspondence, business records, other archives/mss, ephemera royle

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