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Sandle Bros, Manufacturing Stationers

February 7, 2015
by the gentle author

Not so long ago, there were a multitude of long-established Manufacturing Stationers in and around the City of London, of which Baddeley Brothers is the only survivor today. Sandle Brothers opened in one small shop in Paternoster Row on November 1st 1893, yet soon expanded and began acquiring other companies, including Dobbs, Kidd & Co founded in 1793, until they filled the entire street with their premises – and become heroic stationers, presiding over long-lost temples of envelopes, pens and notepads which you see below, recorded in this brochure from the Bishopsgate Institute.

The Envelope Factory

Stationery Department – Couriers’ Counter

A Corner of the Notepad & Writing Pad Showroom

Gallery for Pens in the Stationers’ Sundries Department

Account Books etc in the Stationers’ Sundries Department

Japanese Department

Picture Postcard & Fancy Jewellery Department

One of the Packing Departments

Leather & Fancy Goods Department

Books & Games Department

Christmas Card, Birthday Card & Calendar Department

A Corner of the Export Department

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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16 Responses leave one →
  1. February 7, 2015

    Please, beam me back into this glorious times!

    Love & Peace

  2. February 7, 2015

    Ooh I could lose a week pottering around those departments

  3. February 7, 2015

    Oh, and objection lodged, thanks for the link

  4. Chris Ashby permalink
    February 7, 2015

    I’ve just written.
    Good luck and Best Wishes!
    Chris A.

  5. Gary Arber permalink
    February 7, 2015

    Sandal Bros still had a place at Snow Hill in the 1950’s
    I used to collect goods there but it all stopped when it became impossible to pull up a van outside when the parking restrictions bacame a menace.

  6. February 7, 2015

    Ah, the pure-hearted addiction of stationary. Rather torturous seeing all that glory and knowing that it’s gone.

    I love their phone number: City 123. Such simplicity. But notice: they had four lines!

  7. Shawdiane permalink
    February 7, 2015

    The wonder of stationary : Thoroughly enjoyed these photos, thank you.
    We do not get wonders like this any more. Really dig the Victorian humour
    of the Monks in Sandles.

  8. Pauline Taylor permalink
    February 7, 2015

    What a fabulous place, a real Aladdin’s cave for someone like me who just cannot resist buying stationary, and it seems that I am not alone from other comments. How sad it is that we no longer have so many of the lovely stationary shops that used to be in every town and city, we had a wonderful one in Colchester where I live, and as students we spent so many happy hours in there. I wonder if there is a name for people who are addicted to buying stationary?

  9. Ms Mischief permalink
    February 8, 2015

    How I would LOVE to be able to go back with a bit of money and wander through those rooms!
    You can see from the photos how beautiful the quality of the objects produced there would have been – high standards of manufacture & finishing, just perfect to handle, to examine, to enjoy!

    Isn’t it SAD how impoverished we have become, in stationery terms? It is a sort of cultural tragedy, how everything has become progressively less and less various, and we are left with supermarkets who all sell the same things, and only a few decent shops are left here and there. As for stationery, so with haberdashery. Business rates, tax regimes, and planning laws favour the big destroyers.

    Thank-you Gentle Author for sharing this lovely factory and its goods with us, and for telling about what we can do to help Mr Arber.

  10. Barbara Simpson permalink
    September 10, 2015

    Delighted to find this as my Grandfather was Sidney Ernest Sandle, son of sidney John Sandle one of the founders of Sandle Bros. Sidney Ernest also work in the family firm and we used to get books, usually rejects, with the winged sandal which was their trade mark.

  11. Helen Hedges permalink
    September 26, 2017

    my friend has anot untearable book Tiny Tots by Tomayd . This is a Sandle Brothers Books.

    please advise?

    looks very old . kind regards Helen.

  12. Adam Baxter permalink
    June 24, 2018

    Barbara Simpson!

    My grandmother was Kathleen Mary Sandle, daughter of Henry James Sandle. She married Earnest Walter who I believe joined the business.

    Samuel Sidney Sandle was my great, great grandfather.

    If you read this, please get in touch. adam.baxter39 at

    Only just started to unravel my history.

  13. ADRIAN E SLANEY permalink
    August 1, 2018

    I am interested to know if Sandle Bros printed cigarette cards. Grace’s Guide suggests that they did in their short biography of the company. Can anyone help me on this one? Part of a research project

  14. Alison Cook permalink
    December 29, 2018

    Fantastic article. I’m researching men of the Honourable Artillery Company who died during WW1 – one of these was Henry John Sandle, youngest son of Sidney John Sandle. Henry was working in the family shop when war broke out. Sadly he died on 25 February 1915.

  15. M norris permalink
    July 20, 2019

    Just found a book dated 1948 called
    My favourite story book
    Illustrated by norman.t.stephenson
    Published by sandle brothers ltd london
    Thought i would tell every one

  16. Barbara Simpson permalink
    September 28, 2019

    Adrian E Slaney

    I have a copy of the Sandle Bros 75th Anniversary catalogue ( 1893-1968) and the are not cigarette cards in it. Hope this is helpful.

    Alison Cook

    Henry John Sandle was the brother of my Grandfather Sidney Ernest Sandle and I have visited his grave in Loker, Belgium.

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