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1760 – 1840: 1st Industrial Revolution. 1845: The SS Great Britain crossed the Atlantic in a record 14 days. 1847: Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” was published. 1848: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto”. 1848: W.G. Grace, British cricket player, was born in Bristol. 1854-56: The Crimean War. 1860: Abraham Lincoln was elected US president & Charles Dickens wrote his novel “Great Expectations”.

1844: Bristol printing and packaging company ES Robinson founded by Elisha Smith Robinson. 1848: Alfred Robinson joins company now ES & A Robinson. 1860: Print expanded to 11 lithographic presses and 2 lithographic machines worked by steam.

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1871 – 1914: 2nd Industrial Revolution. 1873: Colour photography was devised & Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. 1876: Alexander Graham Bell made what was, in effect, the first telephone call. Tchaikovsky completed “Swan Lake”. 1878: Electricity became available for household usage. 1886: John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola.

Circa 1870 ES & A Robinson produces the company’s 1st colour Tradesman’s Advertising Calendar (Almanack). By 1876, 25 different calendars were being printed some achieving sales of 200,000 copies.

1878: ES & A Robinson producing Stationery, bookbinding, ledgers, day-books etc. By 1887 Calendar, Colour Poster and Show Card production had outgrown the factory and was moved to new premises in Bedminster.

 

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1890: The Cardboard box is invented. 1898: H G Wells publishes “War of the Worlds”. 1901: Queen Victoria dies. 1903: The first flight by the Wright brothers. 1908: Henry Ford’s 1st Model-T. 1906: Will Keith Kellogg founded the W.K. Kellogg Company. 1912: The Titanic sinks after hitting an iceberg. 1914-1919: World War I.

1892: Cardboard Box printing established in Bedminster. Thomas King, formerly Office Manager becomes a Director of E S & A Robinson Ltd and later Managing Director. It was he who developed a strong relationship with the great tobacco firms of Bristol and Cigarette Cards were conceived. In 1919 a large Photo-Litho plant was installed in Bedminster and later extended to include Photogravure.

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The Vietnam War, hippies, drugs, protests, and rock and roll characterised the 1960’s. 1963; President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Beatles make it in the States & Dr. Martin Luther King made his “I Have a Dream” speech. 1965: the first miniskirts appeared. 1966: England wins the world cup & Star Trek is 1st aired on the TV.

1966: John Dickinson Stationery Ltd merged with ES & A Robinson of Bristol Ltd to form the Dickinson Robinson Group (DRG) creating one of the world’s largest stationery and packaging companies which included The Lion Brand, Basildon Bond and Sellotape.

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1981: The discovery of AIDS. 1982: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. 1988: Pan AM flight 103 shot down over Lockerbie. 1989: The Berlin Wall falls. 1990: The Internet invented. 1994: Nelson Mandela elected President of South Africa. 2004: Facebook launched.

1981: The Advertising Calendars & Diary business was bought from DRG as part of a management buy out and becomes Calendars & Diaries of Bristol Ltd.

1986: Sue Tugman joins Calendars & Diaries of Bristol Ltd as Marketing Manager, becoming a Director and shareholder the following year.

1993: Mercurius Groep Bv acquires Calendars & Diaries of Bristol Ltd, now trading as Brunel Promotions, and Sue Tugman appointed Managing Director.

2004: Sue Tugman sells all her shareholding to Mercurius Groep Bv. but continues as Managing Director.

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2009: Barack Obama becomes president of the USA. 2010: Apple debuts the iPad. 2011: Japan is devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

2005: Sue Tugman sets up Brunel Holdings (Bristol) Ltd, and buys Calendars & Diaries of Bristol Ltd from Mercurius in 2006, acquiring Starline (Sales) Ltd later in the same year.

2009: Brunel Holdings (Bristol) Ltd buys 50% share of Spilt Ink Studio. Develops a B2C Web site and re-brands as funkypigeon.com. 2010: Funkypigeon.com sold to W.H.Smith.

2011: Brunel Holdings (Bristol) Ltd buys Lockwoods Promotional Products taking its share of the UK advertising calendar market to circa 40%.

2014: BrunelPrint, buys a Roland XR 640 digital wide format printer; a Scodix S75 “raised” ink printer, a digital laser motioncutter and a state of the art Heidelberg XL75-5 Litho press. This combined with 3 variable data, HP Indigo digital presses, positions the company at the forefront of commercial print in the UK.