Our History

Our story is a family story, because our company is a family company. Over five decades, we have stayed ahead of modern trends while continuing the tradition of classic stationery.

Newspaper Beginnings

Back in 1958, when Naperville, Illinois, was a sleepy outpost of Chicago and not the bustling city in its own right that it now is, Stanley Pauling began selling printing machinery and supplies to newspapers. During the next 16 years, he built his knowledge of the printing market, to the point where he began selling quality custom printed stationery for his clients.

A Novel Way to Emboss Paper

In 1974, Stanley, after developing a specialized process of embossing that used recyclable embossing dies, he changed the direction of his company. He named it Embossed Graphics. This new process was quite successful, and the company exclusively produced personalized papers for high-end, national retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman. As Stanley's interest in typesetting and typography grew, he invested in new typefaces, including Anthony, Sally Script, and Impulse. Embossed Graphics became known for its creative designs as well as exacting attention to detail. Soon, we were a leader in personalizing high quality stationery, invitations, napkins and other papers.

A Son Learns the Trade

Over time, Stanley passed along his printing passion and knowledge to a young new printer, his son Richard Pauling. Since the 6th grade, Richard helped in the shop, creating printing plates, inspecting the work and learning the business from the inside.

New Directions

In 1982 Stanley retired, leaving Richard and his wife Marcia to take over the business and bring in their own fresh ideas. Over the past 25 years, Embossed Graphics has created its own specialized personalizing production software, became one of the first companies to use digital color offsetting, and innovated a variety of new personalized stationery, napkin and gift products that have become industry standards.

Giftsin24.com Opens for Business

In 1998 Richard and Marcia began selling Embossed Graphics products direct to consumers through a new website, Giftsin24.com, the one you are visiting right now. That's the same year they built a state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot production facility in Aurora, Illinois. Through the years, they've upgraded their equipment many times to provide customers with beautifully printed products quickly and at low cost.

The Best in the Industry

High quality, low prices and fast turnaround times: That's what Embossed Graphics is known for in the printing and stationery industry. We are proud of our extremely high accuracy rate (99.4%). And, Embossed Graphics is continually pushing our quality and customer service to the highest levels possible.

Satisfaction, Guaranteed

Today, we are one of only a handful of highly specialized national printing companies in the personalized stationery realm. We are proud to be the top producer of social stationery in the United States. We have built this reputation through a half-century of hard work and delighting our customers.