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Cassell and Co. Ltd

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Born in Manchester, John Cassell (1817-1865) initially worked as a carpenter before moving into the coffee business. He held a deep interest in the "temperance movement." His first foray into publishing in July 1848,  was with a weekly newspaper called The Standard of Freedom which promoted religious, political, and commercial freedom.

The imprint name was "published by John Cassell." He also launched several other publications, of which Working Man's Friend was the most popular. By the following year, he ran two businesses, publishing and grocery. In 1851, he rented part of Belle Sauvage and by 1852 had built it out for printing magazine and books. This was the period of his greatest prosperity.

By the end 1854, he had fallen on hard times due to an unexpected call to repay credit. In June 1855, the printing firm of "Petter and Galpin" took over Cassell's business and the liability. From 1855 to 1858 the company was the printing firm of "Petter and Galpin" which was published by W. Kent & Co..

In December, 1858, Cassell became a full partner again and the company became Cassell, Petter & Galpin. After Cassell's early death in 1865, the company changed again to Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., to accommodate Robert Turner. In 1883 it became Cassell and Co. Ltd, as Petter retired. The company expanded until Galpin's retirement in 1888 and Turner became chairman.

In 1923, it became a public company once more. In 1941, La Belle Sauvage was destroyed by German bombers. The company continued and in 1998 Orion Publishing bought them.

In terms of postcards, the company published a few view-cards, a set of Cassell’s Art Postcards, and Saturday Journal Portraits within their La Belle Savage Series name.

Charles Dickens MRPEGGOTTY Cassells Art Postcards FBarnard
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Old postcard our ref 56315 CASSELLS ART DICK SWIVELLER AND MARCHIONESS 1904
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Old postcard our ref 51349 OFF VALPARAISO CASSELLS ART
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Old postcard our ref 56314 CASSELLS ART MR PECKSNIFF 1904
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Cassells Art Postcards x 3 From the Drawings by F Barnard 1920s
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Old postcard our ref 56312 CASSELLS ART LITTLE NELL AND GRANDFATHER C1910
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