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Cardtoons Publications was established in 1985 by the company owners Robin Sadler and Colin Shelbourn initially as a showcase for the cartooning work of Colin Shelbourn. Since then the product ranges have grown and the photographic element in the products that are published has assumed equal importance. At the last count we have the photographic images of over 20 top class photographers in amongst our ranges including the work of David Ward, David Lyons, Steve Barber, David Tarn and Val Corbett. The company has gone from strength to strength, growing organically each year. In 2005 we purchased a small postcard company from Claughton Images which enabled us to extend our activity into Northumberland.

Our company policy is to design and publish things that are different, whether it be the cartoon designs on postcards and maps or the high quality images used in the varying and different postcard formats, everything is unique.

These days we have hundreds of products if you count each individual postcard, and as we have done throughout our history we look to create new products every year. Working on a bespoke basis for individual customers also features high on our activity list. Bespoke customers include:

  • Black Sheep Brewery
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
  • Ullswater Steamers
  • Bolton Castle
  • Bolton Abbey
  • Muncaster Castle
  • Holker Hall
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
  • Faeryland at Grasmere
  • Rheged Visitor Centre
  • Bluebird CafĂ© in Coniston
  • The Village Store & Moors Outdoor Centre at Goathland (Heartbeat Country)
  • Celtic Crafts on Holy Island
  • Trinkets, Treats & Treasure in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
  • Chocolat in Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Barnard Castle Post Office