A vast number of businesses and photographers produced their own postcards over the years and to simplify things I have only included the major players below. The list is a work in progress.

Page updated 11/3/2023

Click on images to enlarge.

Aero-Views Ltd.,


Aerial Real Photo cards. 1960s…b+w and colour views.

Aero ViewsEnniscorthy Aero ViewsAero Views Limerick City Centre

Left to right: Donegal card posted 1967. Enniscorthy Castle. Limerick city centre.

Unusual, interesting but, in the main, unattractive views of places around Ireland.

Allen, David & Son

Dublin & Belfast

David Allen postcard

American News Company, The

New York, London & Leipzig.

College Green The American News CompanyCollege Green The American News Company BACKChurch Bay Cork FRONT Am News Co

An Post – Ireland’s Post Office

Not a major publisher of postcards but every now and then produce something interesting.

Millennium Cad frontMillennium Card back

Above: One of a set issued by An Post in 1988 to celebrate the Dublin Millennium.

2014 An Post pillar box cardAN POST RAILWAY CARD

Left to right: One of a set of Irish post boxes published in 2014 – note the Royal Cypher of King Edward VII; and a card featuring the Cork & Muskerry Railway which was part of a set of four commemorating Irish narrow gauge railways issued in 1995.

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Above: Two pre-paid St.Patrick’s Day cards from 1988.

Above: a special pre-paid card issued for the 1986 National Stamp Exhibition.

Anthony, Louis

Killarney. Photographer and Publisher.

Kenmare Place Killarney ANTHONY publisher

Audley, J.H

Passage West, Co.Cork.

Lismore Hotel J H Audley

The Lismore Hotel, Lismore, Co.Waterford.

Austen Co.,J.I.


Austen Belfast cardAusten Co Dublin postcardAusten Killarney postcard

Ballinakella Press

Whitegate, Co.Clare

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Bamforth & Co.Ltd., (1870-1980s)

Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

Best known for their saucy seaside postcards, the company also produced a wide range of topographical cards. The firm went out of business in the 1980s and their stock was taken over by the firm of ETW Dennis of Scarborough. When this company itself folded in 2000 the Bamforth & Co. name, stock and image rights were taken over by Leeds businessman, Ian Wallace, who has since relaunched the company.

Bamforth pcBamforth pu 1985

History: Bamforth & Co. Wikipedia

Bardeleben von, F (1905-1910)

New York & Germany

A publisher of colour collotype postcards depicting national views of the United States and of the United Kingdom. They produced a notable set of historic monotone views of New York City. Their cards were printed in Germany. Ref: Metrocard.

Bardeleben Clifden MarketBardeleben front sideThe Rotunda Dublin pc

Barton, Harvey & Co.Ltd., (1885-1960)

Harvey Barton logo 2

One of the more long-lived British postcard publishers, Harvey Barton & Son existed as a going concern between 1885 and 1960.  Harvey Barton was a landscape photographer of some repute, one time president of the Bristol Camera Society.  The company initially published its own hand coloured images of the landscape of south-west of England and later graduated to producing art reproductions.  The company also published postcards under the  Vistasound label – a novel idea which was a set of picture postcards that could be played as 45rpm records which were manufactured by the Hardy Record Manufacturing Company of London. Ref:

Harvey Barton 1Harvey Barton 2

Browne & Nolan


Fagan Browne & Nolan

Above: One of a series titled ‘Dublin Horse Show Sketches‘ by R.Fagan. Published circa 1903/04 they are much sought after by collectors.

Bryanston Galleries Ltd.,

13 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.2.

Two Bryanston cards from a tear-out booklet of cards and postally used in 1976.

Burkart, Arthur & Co.Ltd.,

Dominion House, Bartholomew Close, London EC.1.

Waterville GS Hotel JotterLake Hotel Killarney JotterMallaranny Hotel Jotter pc

Left to right: the “Great Southern Hotel“, Waterville, Co.Kerry; the “Lake Hotel“, Killarney, Co.Kerry and the MGWR Hotel Mallaranny, Co.Mayo.

The Dining Room Salthill Hotel Monkstown Burkart JotterDublin Bay from Salthill Hotel Jotter pc

Left to right:The Dining Room, Salthill, Monkstown, Co.Dublin” and a view painted a stone’s throw from the hotel looking northwards across Dublin Bay.

The New Hotel 2

Above:The New Hotel, Killarney” is one of the scarcer hotel cards and I was happy to pick it up on eBay last week for €8.90

Burkart’s seemed to have specialised in cards for hotels throughout the U.K and “Jotter” Walter Hayward Young was their artist of choice. He painted all the main railway hotels in the west of Ireland as well as a number of fine views around Dublin Bay. Interior views of the hotels were also produced and some of these are very popular with collectors today.

Cardall Ltd.,


Cardall logo  Cardall logo 2

The company’s photo archive is available at the National Library of Ireland.

The Cardall collection is comprised of b&w postcards and their corresponding negatives of towns, cities and villages in the Republic of Ireland.

The collection contains 5,000 negatives dating from the 1940’s – 1960’s.

Approximately 400 towns are featured, the number of views per town varies considerably. Images depict the major landmarks in each town – castles, churches, scenic landscapes, street scenes, people, automobiles, advertising signs and shop fronts. The majority of postcards also contain a caption, identifying the images’ location and major points of interest.

Tralee CardallArklow Cardall pcCardall 1

Chordcraft Cards

14 Kenilworth Lane West, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.6.


Cluna Studios

Harcourt Street, Dublin.

An artist studio established in 1923 by Gertrude M. Grew that produced a wide variety of items including jewellery, enamelled metalwork, stencilled fabric, hand painted woodwork, calendars, prints, and postcards.


Card by Margaret (Daisy) O’Keefe – MOK initials bottom right of picture. She joined the studio in 1924 having been a student of the Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin.


Another unusual card from Cluna Studios postally used in 1948.

Criterion Press Ltd., Dublin

Artist cards – can’t make out the name on the top one and the initials on the bottom one don’t ring any bells. No trace of the publishers either.

CTC Ltd.,


Cards seem to date from 1940/50 and carry the wording published by CTC Ltd., for the Irish Tourist Association. Printed in Eire. Mainly uninspiring Sepia Tone cards.

The Irish Tourist Association was a semi-official body established after independence to promote Ireland as a distinctive and different destination to the UK. Circa 1939 it started to receive recognition and some funding from the new State. Eventually morphing into Bord Failte – The Irish Tourist Board.

The cards are poor fare indeed but are probably all that could be afforded in those austere times.


Peter Davidson


Strangford Lough.

Dennis, E.T. W & Sons

London & Scarborough.

Dennis 2

Printing and publishing company E.T.W.Dennis was founded in Scarborough in 1870. When the Post Office regulations were changed to allow the commercial production of picture postcards, Dennis were quick to fill the gap in the market and produced Britain’s first picture postcards in 1894.

Between 1900 and 1910 they published cards under the name ‘Dainty Series’. Dainty monotone images were often enhanced with a blue sky, paintings and colour images were also produced under this series.

The company closed in 2000.

A detailed history of E T W Dennis can be found at Webber Postcards

Forge DENNIS CARDCottage beneath the hill DENNISThe Thatcher DENNIS

Above three cards from the ‘Irish Country Life‘ series.

Dickson, A E Ltd.,


Donegal A E Dickson

Dixon (J Arthur) Ltd.,

Inverness, Scotland.

The company was set up on the Isle of Wight in 1937 by photographer John Arthur Dixon. Initially they published greetings cards, but by 1947 they were also publishing postcards (initially under contract for W. J. Nigh & Sons Ltd) and in 1958 they added guidebooks to their range. The company became part of the John Hinde Group in 1998. A detailed history of the company can be found on the Wootton Bridge Historical website here:

Bantry Bay Arthur Dixon Ireland 6625 pu 1978

Bantry Harbour & Bay’ – Ireland 6625 – p.u in 1978.

Dollard Printinghouse Dublin Ltd,.

Dollard logo

Dublin. Printworks were on Wellington Quay. Printers & Publishers – active 1960s.

Still exists as a printed packaging manufacturer.


Dollard 1dollard 2dollard 3

Doo-Well Publishing Co.,


R.C. church Desertmartin.

Eagle Photography, John

Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork

Tel: (027) 74275 or (087) 969 3745 or

The Irish Lighthouse Series (96) cards and various other West Cork topographical cards.

Eason & Son Ltd.

Dublin & Belfast

Eason & Son 1910 Horse Show cardAncient Eason postcardEason card pu 1910

Left to right: Dublin Horse Show c.1910. British Military Manoeuvres at Rush 1905. An Irish Horse Fair by John Carey.

Eason Christchurch Cathedral 1979

Above: Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin – from the uninspiring range of cards produced by Eason & Son in the 1970s.

The company’s photo archive is available at the National Library of Ireland.

Eason Photographic Collection

The images in the collection were created for the Irish postcard trade by Eason & Son. The collection consists of 4,000 negatives dating from 1900-1940 and they are accessible through an index to the collection, which is arranged by county.

Eyre & Spottiswoode

The company was founded by George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode in 1845 on Fetter Lane, London. They were the King’s Printers, printing for His Majesty’s Stationery Office.

They branched out into Christmas card printing, and by the late 19th century were also printing postcards under the ‘Woodbury Series’ name.

In the 1970s the company became part of Methuen Publishing and was then sold to Cambridge University Press in 1987.

Woodbury posted 1907Christchurch pc Woodbury Series No 3596Eyre & Spottiswoode pu 1908

Serpent Lake, Gap of Dunloe” from the Woodbury series – No.3844. Quite nice but I was fooled by the realistic oil finish into thinking that it was actually hand-painted as opposed to a copy of a painting – back on eBay tonight!

F. Frankel & Co. 1904-1916


A publisher of comic and view-cards depicting scenes throughout Great Britain & Ireland. Some of these German made, hand coloured halftone postcards were issued under the Star Series name.

Kenmare Tunnel F F & CoKilliney Francis Frith & Co

Francis Frith & Co.,

Reigate, Surrey.

Francis Frith was a Victorian photography pioneer who founded Francis Frith and Company in 1860. Originally the company took and sold family and scenic photographs. In 1910 they started publishing postcards, becoming one the largest postcard publishers in the country.

The company closed in 1970 and their collection was purchased by Rothman’s tobacco company. In 1976 the collection was relaunched, and was purchased by John Buck in 1977 and run as an independent business.

The Francis Frith Collection contains over 365,000 photographs from around Britain, taken between 1860 and 1970, covering over 7,000 towns and villages.

Geological Survey of Ireland

Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin.4.

Amongst other things discovered in their shop is this interesting series of postcards featuring the work of Victorian Irish artist George Victor Du Noyer (1817-1869). The cards – six in number – are still available from the GSI shop at just 40 cents each.


Carboniferous Limestones near Kanturk, Co. Cork; and Old Red Sandstone for Devil’s Punch Bowl, Mangerton, Co. Kerry.

Gordon & Co.

14 Waterloo Park, Belfast

PORTRUSH Gordon & Co BelfastHermits Falls Glenariffe GORDONStrand E Fair Head Ballycastle Gordon FRONT

No dates on the first two cards but the Ballycastle one was postally used in August 1954.

Guy & Co,Ltd.,


Guy & Co early card posted 1905Blarney Guy & CoRP by Guy & Co printed in GB

All three cards above were printed in Britain.

Hanover Stationery Company Co.Ltd.

20 Hanover Quay, Dublin.2.

Another company that seems to have fallen off the grid and I haven’t been able to find anything online.

Hanover 1Hanover 2Glen Bay and Head, Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal Hanover Stationery

Left to right: An Autumn Scene and Glen Bay and Head, Glencolmcille, Co.Donegal.

Hartmann, Frederick  (1902-1909)

45 Farringdon Street, London

A publisher of postcards as fine tinted halftones. While most of his cards covered views from all over Great Britain, he also produced cards on various other subjects many of which were artist signed. In addition to having his cards printed in Saxony, he imported many glamour cards from the Continent as well. He was the British distributor of postcards for Trenkler & Company. Hartmann was a strong advocate of the divided back postcard and was instrumental to its establishment in England. Hartmann may have issued the world’s first divided back card.


Hartmann early colouredHartmann reverseRoyal Avenue Belfast Hartman - Copy

Left to right: A somewhat smoggy view of Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow and a ghostly (?) scene on Royal Avenue, Belfast.

Hely’s Limited

Dame Street, Dublin


HELYS Sutton The Golfers' Hotel

An early view of “The Golfer’s Hotel”, Sutton – nr.Howth, Co.Dublin. Originally built in 1897 the hotel still exists today albeit greatly expanded and renamed “The Marine Hotel”.

Hildesheimer, S & Co., Ltd.,

London and Manchester

The company started publishing books in the 1830 on Miller Street in Manchester, and Christmas cards in 1876. They opened a second office on Silk Street in London in 1881 to print advertising cards and then postcards in the late 19th century. The majority of their postcards were drawings and paintings, rather than photographs.

Hildesheimer pc

Hinde, John


John Hinde 1King John's Castle Limerick JOHN HINDE ARTJohn Hinde 2John Hinde SNOW

John Hinde pu 1991

More information than you could shake a big stick at:

Hurst & Co,.

Cornmarket, Belfast

‘The Fine Art Series’

Hurst & Co postally used 1913Hurst & Co Belfast - CopyBelfast City Hall Hurst & Co

Irish Insight Postcards Limited

Crescent Road, Rogerstown, Rush, Co.Dublin

Insight Ireland logo

A family business established by Gerry Price. Photographer: Peter Zoeller.

The company was wound up in 2007.


Irish Pictorial Card Co., The

9 & 10 Maylor Street, Cork

Emerald Series.

Father Matthews Memorial Tower CORK

Above: The Father Mathew Memorial Tower at Dunkettle, Co.Cork. Built as a memorial to the famous temperance priest, the tower was constructed during the Great Famine and completed in 1846. It survives today incorporated into a sympathetic luxury home – complete with wine cellar!


Above: an interesting trade order card for the company purchased on eBay last week. Surprisingly it’s of rather poor quality, but perhaps the company used reject production runs for order cards?

Johnston, W,

North Street, Belfast

Battle of Boyne

Above: The Battle of the Boyne July 1690, showing the Williamite troops going into action led by King William III. The Duke of Schomberg was mortally wounded when leading the Enniskillen Horse. Presumably it is the Duke receiving attention in the right foreground?

Not postally used so no date.

Joyce Ltd., Margaret


Took over Valentine’s Irish business….

Bloody Foreland Margaret Joyce

Judges’ Ltd

Hastings, Sussex, England.

Founded by Fred Judge in 1902 and still in business today as Judge Sampson Limited.

An interesting background article about Judges here.

Maam Cross JUDGESLough Corrib JUDGES pu 1948

Above: Two cards dating from 1932/39 – At Maam Cross, Connemara and By Lough Corrib, Oughterard. More details on how to date Judges’ postcards shortly.

Donaghadee Harbour from drawing JUDGES Hastings

Above: Donaghadee Harbour, Co.Down – a favourite subject for artists. The first of this type of card by Judges that I’ve come across, but presumably there are more in the series.

Judges Dublin cards

As I thought, there were loads of similar cards by Judges but they are fairly hard to find these days. Click here for Judges postcard library.

Kilkenny Design Workshops, Kilkenny

TYNAN'S pc front

Tynan’s Bridge House Bar, Kilkenny. Published 1976.

Lawrence & Sons Ltd., William

Sackville Street, Dublin.

Garnish Island LawrenceCashel Lawrence pcBehive Huts LawrenceEarly tinted Lawrence

Period of main activity 1860-1920.

The company’s enormous (40,000+ glass negatives) photo archive is available at the National Library of Ireland.

Lawrence Collection

Unusual LawrenceWilkie & Son back of Lawrence postcard

An unusual Lawrence (Glenoe Village, Co.Antrim) which appears to have been published by somebody else using their photograph, or was it published by Lawrence’s and overprinted for the local firm? Anyway, it’s an interesting card showing the end of the thatched roof era in rural Ireland.

Leprechaun Publishers Ltd  (Ireland)

Leprechaun Series.

Leprechaun Publishers logo

Blarney Castle No 55 in Leprechaun SeriesO'Connell Street Leprechaun Series No 68

Left to right: Blarney Castle, Co.Cork – No.55. in the ‘Leprechaun‘ Series; O’Connell Street, Dublin – No.68 – postally used in June 1961.

With a name like Leprechaun Publishers, I was sorely tempted not to list them but their cards are better than the company’s name would suggest. More information as I discover it.


Dun Laoghaire Industrial Estate, Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin


Contemporary art card publisher.

London and North Western Railway Company

LNWR logo
The LNWR was an English railway company that operated between 1846 and 1922. As well as trains the company ran passenger ships from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown), Dublin and Greenore, and Fleetwood to Belfast, they also carried the Mail between the two countries. The company had extensive tourist interests in Ireland including hotels at Dublin (Nth.Wall) and Greenore, the port of Greenore and the Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway. They published postcards of their trains, ships and scenery – especially Co.Kerry and Co.Wicklow.

Much, if not all. of their publicity material including postcard printing was undertaken by McCorquodale & Co. Ltd. of Newton-le-Willows.

Further information here.


LNWR 1St.Stephen's Green LNWRLNWR Meeting of the WatersGreenore HotelDublin & Holyhead LNWR pc

McCaw, Stevenson & Orr Ltd.,

Belfast and London.

Misch & Stock

Art Publishers, 1&3 Cripplegate Street, Golden Lane, London E.C.

The firm of Misch & Stock began their postcard production in 1903. Two years later the name was changed to Misch & Co., when Stock retired. As fine art publishers, the quality of production was absolutely outstanding and well suited to the reproduction of paintings on postcards. Their three bells logo is very distinctive.

Misch & Stock bells

misch0013_enRope Bridge Carrick a Rede Bowers Misch & Stock

Rock of Cashel Misch & StockMisch & Stock GlendaloughMisch & Stock The Giants Causeway

Needless to say that all the above views are Irish rather than Welsh!


Dublin and Belfast.

NPO Series Belfast GOODBYE POSTCARD - Copy

O’Connor & Co, Fergus


Fergus O'Connor logo

Fergus O’Connor was a Dublin publisher, who published Sean O’Casey’s early writings and produced nationalist postcards and related material. Following the 1916 Easter Rising he was imprisoned in Lewes prison.

Railway Station and Harbour Kingstown Fergus OConnor

Above: A rather pleasing view of the neo-classical road frontage of Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) railway station designed by the famous architect John Skipton Mulvany.

Cutting Turf Fergus OConnor - Copy

Above: A more traditional ethnic card produced for the tourist market.

Penman Cards

Penman Cards logo 2

True Colour series. Printed in Ireland by Mt.Salus Press. 1960s and 1970s.

PenmanCurrach PENMAN

Philco Publishing Co.   (1906-1934)

1-6 Holborn Place, London.

Philco logo 2

A publisher of many different types of artist signed cards and photo based view-cards and photogravures. Most cards were printed in Germany.

Bank of Ireland PhilcoGrafton Street Philco

St Columbs Cathedral Londonderry PHILCO

Photochrom Co., Ltd.

London & Tunbridge Wells

Founded in Tunbridge Wells in 1896 produced greetings cards and guide books. They began publishing postcards in 1903 mainly using the Swiss Photochrom process. They also produced sepia-tone and hand tinted cards. The company appears to have ceased trading by the 1950s.

Carrick a Rede ropebridge Photocrom

Above: the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge nr.Ballintoy, Co.Antrim in its original and truly scary incarnation as published in the ‘Granno Series‘.

Poole, A H & Co., Ltd.


Metal Man A H Poole

Real Ireland Design Ltd.,

Bray, Co.Wicklow.

Real Ireland

Established in 1979. ‘Real Ireland‘ photo range. Photographer: Liam Blake.

These days the company is based in Kilcoole, Co.Wicklow and produces a range of calendars and other photo related products.

Amphibious Bicycle Ireland Real Ireland Liam BlakeFloozy front pc

Left to right: ‘Amphibious Bicycle – Ireland‘; and ‘Anna Livia‘ aka ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ when in its original location on O’Connell Street.

Regent Fine Art Co. Ltd., (F.F.A)


Blackpool postcards and saucy seaside stuff on eBay.

Reis, Chas L & Co.,

Dublin & Belfast – early 20th century. Later cards also show Glasgow.

Belfast Chas ReisHigh Street & Albert Memorial Chas Reis

Left to right: “High Street and Albert Memorial, Belfast” – printed in Germany.

Ritchie & Sons, William Ltd., (W.R. & S.)

London & Edinburgh.


William Ritchie opened a bookshop in Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Bible Warehouse, and later a stationery warehouse in the city. William died in 1900 and his sons carried on running the business.

They started publishing postcards in 1903 showing views of Great Britain and Ireland, mainly under the ‘Reliable Series’ brand name. They appear to have ceased trading in 1928.

W R S Reliable series

Salmon, J. Ltd.,

Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Founded in 1880 by Joseph Salmon, a bookseller from London, when he took over a stationers and printers in Sevenoaks, Kent. In 1890 he started printing picture postcards of the area around Sevenoaks, followed by scenes from around Britain, and in 1912 they started printing calendars.

Today J Salmon Ltd is still in family ownership and is the oldest postcard company in Britain.

Scholastic Production Company

Belfast – possibly based on the fourth floor of Riddels Buildings, Riddels Arcade (from 47a Donegall Place to Fountain Street) – photo below.

Riddels Arcade Belfast

Produced a wide range of Art and Real photo postcards in the 1930/50s period. The company was wound-up on the 16/12/1955. The numbering of their cards was very erratic, with some cards carrying no numbers and some repeating numbers already used for unrelated cards.

Judging from my research to date the company seem to have concentrated their emphasis on cards featuring Ulster, and east Ulster at that, but I have found a couple from County Galway and even a couple from the Isle of Man.

Blarney Castle” by Maurice Wilks – No.1005. A rare southern card from Scholastic.

The Art cards are really quite exquisite and many different artists were used, most of whom are as difficult as Scholastic to find any biographical information about. Maurice Canning Wilks (above) and Olive Whitmore are two of the better known names amongst the artists but there’s little enough even about these two.

As of April 2018 I still haven’t managed to contact anybody that knows anything about Scholastic, but as it is my main interest I will endeavour to persevere!

RB 862 - 1947 Postcard - Maurice Wilks - The Hills of Donegal IrelandTWO SCHOLASTICS

Scholastic Duo - CopyScholastic Duo

Left to right:A Peaceful Bay in Ireland‘ and ‘There is No Place Like Home‘ – no artist credited on either card.

A Typical Irish Cottage FRONT

Above: ‘A Typical Irish Cottage’ – my latest Scholastic Productions (?) purchase. I am presuming that SP Co. is the same firm.

SP Co front

Above: ‘The Hills of Donegal’ a black and white card in the same vein.

April 2018 – my new “Scholastic Production Co.” site:

Shurey’s Publications

A large magazine publishing company located in Gough Square, London. They included postcards as free inserts in their magazines to increase sales, the postcards bore the name of the relevant magazine series such as ‘Smart Novels’ and ‘Dainty Novels’. Many of the Irish cards were photographs of more obscure, off the beaten track locations, rather than traditional tourist destinations.

Fair Day at Kenmare ShureyShureys The Old Bridge Clonmel reverseShureys The Old Bridge Clonmel

Fair Day at Kenmare – a vintage color rotogravure postcard.

Shurey Longford

Longford – far off the tourist trail and an unlikely picture for a postcard.

Card published as a premium for readers of Shurey’s Publications, which included inexpensive novels and magazines.

Readers could collect cards and earn prizes. The address side of this card mentions “FOX HUNTING” as one of the clues and/or prizes in the GREAT PRIZE COMPETITION from the “Dainty” novels series.

Cards printed by Delittle, Fenwick, & Co., York, England.

Stehli Freres (1902-1995)

Zurich, Switzerland.


The Stehli brothers were important printers of art books and fine prints. They also produced many high quality postcards in color photogravure. They were especially known for their artist signed cards of views and of animals. Stehli Freres was purchased by Rosenstiel’s in 1995.

Irish artist Maurice Wilks supplied paintings for their postcards.

STF EX 2 - Copy

No.815 ‘Connemara’.

Stewart & Woolf  (1900-1940s)

8-9 Charles Street, London

Kenmare Suspension Bridge Stewart & Wolff

Above: an interesting early card of the iconic Kenmare Suspension Bridge in Co. Kerry.

The Harbour Office Belfadt Stewart & WoolfStewart & Woolf Lderry BridgeAlbert Memorial postcard used 1904 by Stewart & Woolf 

Above: Some of their very distinctive, and sought after, silhouette cards which were printed in Bavaria and overprinted with a metallic finish.

Tallon, James (?)

38 Grafton Street, Dublin

TALLON Ir Int Ex entranceThe Drag Net Irish Coast Thos Maybank Tallon Grafton St

Thompson Price Ltd.,


Mulligan’s Pub, Poolbeg Street, Dublin – postally used in 1980. Photograph by Jinnie Fiennes.

Insight Cards, folio.4., No.13.

Tuck, Raphael & Sons Ltd.,

In 1866 by Raphael Tuck and his wife opened a shop selling pictures, frames and furniture in Bishopsgate in London. By 1870 their sons had joined the business and the company expanded into printing pictures and, in 1871, greetings cards. In 1880 the company moved to Coleman Street and in 1882 they opened a branch in Paris.

Queen Victoria granted the company a Royal Warrant of Appointment in 1893. In 1895 they opened a branch in New York.

In 1899 the company moved to Raphael House, a five storey building between Tenter Street and White Street in London and produced their first postcard showing views of London.

Raphael Tuck died in 1900, his sons continued to run and expand the business. They now had 45 sets of postcards. In 1903 Tuck’s introduced their ‘Oilette’ Series and by 1904 they had 15,000 designs. They also sold postcard albums and a frames. To publicise their business they ran several competitions, offering cash prizes to the people who collected the largest number of their cards.

In December 1940 Raphael House was bombed during a German raid, the building was destroyed along with all the company records and over 40,000 original photographs and pictures.

After the war, the company built a new head office and, despite their losses, continued to flourish.

In 1959 Tuck’s was taken over by Purnell & Sons, which became British Printing Corporation in 1964 and then Maxwell Communications Corporation in 1987. Maxwell ceased trading in 1991.

Irish Life The Peat Carrier TUCK FrontIrish Life The Peat Carrier TUCK Vt

A very useful site for those looking for more information is the Tuck Database

Ulster Card Company

Strangford Lough. Designed and printed in Northern Ireland.

Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee and London

Dundee and London.

Valentines logo

Much of the company’s Irish photo archive is available at the National Library of Ireland. Some 3,700 negatives but less than 10% digitised so far.

Founded in 1851 by James Valentine in Dundee, Scotland as a printing and portrait photography business. In the 1860s they started publishing photographic views of Scotland, sold individually and in albums. James died in 1879 and his sons William and George took over the running of the company. They started producing greetings cards a year later. When George emigrated to New Zealand in 1884, William took charge of the photographic business which now employed around 100 people.
In 1896 the company began publishing picture postcards and were employing a 1000 workers. They issued tinted, half-tone and real photo postcards (by 1907 they employed 40 artists to hand tint). They opened offices in New York, Canada, Norway and Jamaica, all of which were sold by 1923.
By 1929 the company closed their portrait business and focused on postcard production.
In the 1950s the postcard side of the business began to suffer and the company focus shifted towards greeting cards. In 1963 they were taken over by Waddington & Co. Ltd, who were later sold on to Hallmark Cards in 1980.
Valentine’s Dundee factory finally closed in 1994.


Any observations about the date of the above card would be welcome. The front image suggests 1950s but the back seems more recent.



While the company still seems to exist, they are in with another firm – Judges. However, both firms now seem to print cards for people rather than their own range.

NO D36555 Giants Causeway Whiteholme DundeeWhiteholme front


Woolstone Brothers

London E.C.1

Based in London, they published many subjects of postcards under various names including Milton Series, The Milton Post Card, Sellwells, Photolettes and Artlettes between 1902 and 1933.

Printed in Saxony.

WoolstoneTCD Woolstone Bros pc - Copy

Left an ‘Artlette‘ series card posted 1909 and right an unused ‘Milton‘ series card of TCD.



Founded by Evelyn Wrench in 1900 in Haymarket, London, they moved to Arthur Street in 1902 and became Wrench Postcards in 1904. They published a variety of postcard styles including monochrome, line art and tricolour, the subjects included views from around the United Kingdom, trains, ships and art reproductions. However, they sold only their own cards and this soon caused sales to fall and led to the company closing in 1906.

Some cards printed in Saxony.

The Strawberry Beds WRENCHGrand Hotel Greystones WrenchKingstown Harbour Wrench

Don’t forget to click on images to enlarge!


One thought on “Publishers

  1. Very very interesting site: thanks. collect Irish postcards in small way and am relating them to Irish souvenir china e.g. Goss &c: many pieces of transfer print china same as on postcards. Believe the NPO to be Northern Publishing Company in Belfast. C.L. Reis had shops in Dublin and Glasgow. he sold jewellery and heraldic china. His shop destroyed in the 1916 rising, corner of Sackville St & Abbey St, underneath irish School of Wireless where Volunteers tried to broadcast declaration of republic.


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