At George H. Buchanan, our people ARE the difference.
Buchanan employees are experts in customer service. We take the time to learn about you so that we can assist you with all your printing and fulfillment needs. On the production floor, our skilled and knowledgeable printers will make your requests a reality - crafting the professional and high-quality products you deserve. And, as a family-owned and operated business, we take the time to get to know you, our customer, and welcome you into our family.
Our goal is not simply to meet your printing needs, but to exceed and anticipate them in the future!
Starting from our earliest days on Sansom Street, our employees and leadership have consistently and successfully pushed the boundaries of printing evolution for over 130 years. At George H. Buchanan, it is possible to have quality, service and great pricing.
The doors to our first print shop opened on a warm August day in 1884, at 420 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. George H. Buchanan welcomed customers to his namesake company, and soon established a standard for outstanding printing and a legacy of success and quality.
Following George’s death in 1923, his loyal assistant Charles L. Kinsley stepped in to continue the company’s record of excellence. The company grew under his leadership, acquiring the most modern presses and typesetting equipment, as well as developing a customer base that included some of the area’s most prestigious firms: Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Contributionship, Home Life Insurance Company, Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, Temple University, Provident Trust and Land Title Insurance, among others. Mr. Kinsley’s two sons, John Rae Neil and Arthur H., also joined him in the firm.
In September 1932, George H. Buchanan Printing moved to a larger building - the Central Building at 44 North 6th Street. It was here that the firm began its special relationship with the F.A. Davis Company, a medical publisher. Mr. Kinsley purchased several printing presses from F.A. Davis and successfully obtained the printing contract for the Cyclopedia of Medicine series. This business continued well into the 1950s and established the firm as a leading producer of medical and scientific printing.
Following Mr. Kinsley's death in April 1944, Arthur H. Kinsley took over. A dynamic and personable individual, "Captain Kinsley” guided the firm through the difficulties of manpower and material shortages during the war. He also helped found the Police Athletic League and the Prisoners Family Welfare Association, in addition to serving as president of both the Printing Industries of Philadelphia and Printing Industries of America. Captain Kinsley died in 1965, shortly after the firm relocated to 23rd and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia.
Under the leadership of Charles L. Kinsley (Captain Kinsley’s nephew) and John Patton, the firm transitioned from letterpress printing to offset lithography. Kinsley and Patton, veterans of World War II, were energetic and innovative. It was around this time that the firm also gave up its traditional linotype composition in favor of film composition and upgraded the pre-press and sales area.
Upon Kinsley and Patton's retirement in the mid-1970s, Carl Zweigle Jr. became the firm’s president, and Aldo Saggese its vice president and treasurer. During their watch, the company continued to establish itself as an industry leader. They purchased multi-color presses, installed a complete bookbinding line and added fulfillment capabilities.
Carl Zweigle III joined the business in the late 1970s and was followed by his brother, Gregory, in 1990. Succeeding his dad, Carl is the current president and Gregory, along with W. Robert Strauss, are vice presidents. The executive team strives every day to ensure outstanding customer service, superior product quality and cutting-edge innovation.
George H. Buchanan is the preeminent firm in the area's graphic arts industry, as well as an industry leader in the ever-changing world of the printed word. Look no further than George H. Buchanan to not only satisfy your printing needs, but to exceed them again and again!