We are always open to suggestions for new products. We always seek partners for a new range. If your organisation is considering the production of cards, posters or other similar material then do contact us for an initial discussion.
We have become experienced in photographing labour movement banners. We will travel to locations with a portable studio lighting system and other necessary equipment to photograph banners which can be hung. We now have substantial experience of photographing banners which can only be unrolled but not hung.
In 2022 we aim to have ae custom built equipment which will enable one side of a delicate banners to be photographed flat and then turned over whilst flat, so that the other side can be photograpghed, without having to roll the banner up and out again.
High resolution images of small enamel badges have enavbled us to not only produce the greetings cards but also enlargements for t-shirts.
High resolution images are produced. After editing they are used for both print of cards and posters and the production of replica banners. The image files are suitable for archive purposes.
In addition to using our A3 professional scanner, we have two large vacuums tables so that large sheets of paper (posters for example) can be held flat and photographed. The largest can cope with 1500mm x 1000mm sheets of paper. These vacuum tables and associated equipment are be brought to your site.
Our digital retoucher produces excellent results. We will also undertake other photographic commissions.
We use a high resolution A3 flatbed scanner for copying documents. As for our photography, high resolution images are produced. After editing they are used for print and archive purposes. We will travel with this scanner to your site.
We generally use our friends at Kavita Graphics for design. They have a well-established relationship with our regular printers, RAP Spiderweb in Oldham. We are therefore able to complete the design and print phase in an integrated manner.
We have produced postcards, greetings cards, cartons for both, posters, bookmarks, pamphlets and large stickers.
Photographic prints using our images are also available. They are of high quality and produced by Untitled Print in Sheffield.
We have produced a range of clothing on cotton and on synthetic textiles.
Partners in Rotherham have produced mugs with the images of enamel badges from the 1984/5 miners' strike.
We also are able to produce replica banners, using our high resolution images, using dye sublimation printing.
For retaiers we pack a greetings card with an envelope in a clear peel n seal bag (sometimes called a cello bag). We are seeking alternatives to these cello bags.
To customers who oredr from our website, we do not provide the cello bag.
We use cardboard cartons for our gift sets. We seal the ends with a simple white round self adhesive sticker. Retailers can opt for shrink wrap.
We roll the posters and insert them in what is called LFT (Lay Flat Plastic) tubing. It’s a thin plastic tube which is supplied flat on a roll. Then we insert the poster and LFT in a cardboard tube and attach end caps.
For tubes that will be mailed to a customer, we also staple the end caps to the cardboard tube for greater security.
Where we can we recycle tubes. When we cannot find used used then we buy the tubes in bulk .
Royal Mail has a special arrangement for tubes which are no more than 450mm long and 75mm diameter. They are strict. Tubes which measure 450mm are too long, as the end caps themselves add at least 2mm. So we source tubes which are less than 450mm.
Posters which require a tube greater than 450mm are more expensive to mail out and to buy. We have a supply of recycled tubes which are 75mm and greater than 450mm. We cut them to suit the posters and are often to be seen when we do stalls at events.
Packs of postcards are now supplied in printed cardboard cartons. We seal the ends with a simple white round self adhesive sticker. Retailers can opt for shrink wrap. There are two exceptions where we use cello bags as the quantity of postcards in a set do not warrant a carton.
For mailing, the prints are rolled in acid-free tissue paper and then rolled into a strong 100mm cardboard tube. At stalls we will also have the prints in alrage cello bags, which are inside large homemade cardboard carriers. We use a lot of corrugated cardboard!
We distribute our products to the retail trade except for the Orgreave Truth and Justice greetings cards set (where the all the potential profit has been passed to OTJC in 2020).
We use Royal Mail and Parcel Force services as they are unionised.
Local history booklets
We are keen to provide an opportunity for small scale and local publications to have a national platform for sales. An example would a short history of a Trades Council, which originally had a local audience and was priced with no distribution costs and retail mark up in mind. We will do this without expecting a share of the income (it could not work otherwise).We will undertake to put the publication on our site. We will discuss with the supplier how to manage the costs we incur; packaging, postage and any additional handling fess imposed by Paypal or similar.
Why do we offer this? Because the publications require and warrant a wider audience and secondly we would hope for more visits to our site.