About Embossed Graphics

Embossed Graphics—a fine stationery and custom invitations maker based in Aurora, Illinois, a Western suburb of Chicago—is in its third generation of family ownership. Stanley Pauling founded the company in 1958 as Anchor Supply Company, a printing supplies vendor.

In 1962, Mr. Pauling partnered with German engineer Jens Scheel in the design of a photo-engraving machine—called the Electronic Tracer—and renamed the company Plasti-Graphic Supply. The new machine scanned photographs and made plastic engraving plates instead of the traditional metal plates.

Armed with the Electronic Tracer, small printing companies and newspapers could now print photographs economically by forgoing third-party vendors that made custom-engraved printing plates. Instead, these smaller printing outfits and newspaper companies could make their own plates with the new plastic material.

Because electronic photo-engraving provided plates to the letterpress industry, the value of the Electronic Tracer had a lifetime of only about 10 years. In the late 1960s and early '70s, offset lithography replaced letterpress processes in printing companies across the United States. Offset lithography was faster, more precise, safer, and less harmful to the environment. Stanley Pauling had a problem: He owned unsold Electronic Tracer machines that had been rendered obsolete by the simplicity and popularity of offset lithography.

To best leverage his inventory of Electronic Tracer machines, Stanley Pauling began making embossing dies that were precise, effective, and disposable after use. Stanley's son, Richard Pauling, left his position as an American History teacher in 1974, and joined his father at the newly revitalized company—now known as Embossed Graphics.

During the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, Richard Pauling led the company in expanding the possibilities of embossed stationery, while introducing raised printing and offset-printed personalized gift items to the ever-expanding line of invitation cards, stationery, and custom announcements. During this time, Embossed Graphics evolved into the most advanced company in the personalized invitations and customized papers arena, serving elite retailers such as Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, while growing steadily with smaller boutique specialty retailers across the United States.

As the next century arrived, Embossed Graphics designed its own line of typefaces and monogram styles to escape the worn-out look of many of the most popular typefaces. It also opened its digital printing studio in 2001, and welcomed Richard Pauling's son, Trevor Pauling, aboard in 2003.

Trevor Pauling grew up in the business, working across typography, printing, paper, and retail business processes. Trevor pushed Embossed Graphics to develop more youthful designs, and to enable retailers to do their transactions online, thereby gaining time and efficiencies not seen before.

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, Embossed Graphics is proud to continue its family tradition for delivering fine typography, precise printing, classical embossing, and the art of personalization. After all, your name is your most valuable possession.

Our mission is to provide:

  • The best value in personalized stationery
  • The fastest production - 24 to 72 hours
  • Outstanding quality
  • Unparalleled customer satisfaction
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