The Hands of Crane & Co.: A Photo Essay

Thermograph operator
We are constantly in awe here of the intricate, beautifully hand-crafted work the employees in our printing and stationery factories do day after day. Many of them have been here for decades painting borders by hand, engraving names and images with enviable patience and making sure each and every detail is absolutely perfect before our customers open that Dalton Blue box.

With that in mind, here is a collection of images — taken by our wonderful resident photographer, Trisha — of some of the hands that make such fine craftsmanship possible every day.

Pink ribbon baby announcementAdding the finishing touch — a pink ribbon — to our Ecru White Baby Notes.


Envelope LinersGetting die-cut envelope liners ready to be placed inside our 100% cotton envelopes.

Measuring Duplex Cards

Precision is just one of the details we pride ourselves on, which means each duplexed invitation is hand-measured for a perfect border.


Hand Bordering StationeryThat colorful border you see on each Crane & Co. invitation or note card you receive is lovingly hand-painted by one of our oh-so patient and skilled borderers.

Checking Stationery Alignment

A Crane & Co. employee checks the alignment to make sure all the type on this personalized stationery is equidistant from the edge.


Navy Swiss Dot Belly BandA belly band is carefully placed around a custom-made invitation.

* The first image is of our thermography machine and its operator.

New Holiday Photo Cards: Editor’s Picks

It’s almost that time of year. The time when your refrigerator door disappears behind the wallpaper of holiday photo cards sent by cousins, friends and colleagues who think their baby/pet/significant other is just the cutest.

And, well, they certainly are.

Crane & Co. knows this, and so this year we have a special new batch of digital holiday photo card designs that reflect the same bespoke luxury Crane & Co. is known for, but with a delightfully fresh spin. Like snowflakes, no two are alike, and like children, we could never love one more than the other.

With that said, we do have a few we’d love to share to get you in the holiday (and shopping!) spirit.

We fell in love with the photo card above for so many reasons. First, the z-fold style gives us room for a little more of everything — more pictures, more words, more space on the mantle (grandma will be happy).

Second, the minimalist design (see a picture of the front below) lets your images take center stage. And, well, if you’re like us, taking a great photo worth featuring in a holiday card is hard work. So, by all means, celebrate it.

Finally, what we love most about this particular holiday photo card is the recipe idea . Anyone can say ‘Happy Holidays,’ but adding something so personal — and something they can keep forever — is a lovely gesture.