Dr. Barmelius Jones was a retired physician who worked for the civil service as a whaling consultant. Col. Nebbleford S. Withey was the captain of a naval vessel assigned to the Straits of Manchuga.
On a contract voyage between Port Hemmesley and St. Germain-upon-Bowles, a ship's mate lost an eye on his birthday, and the complex sentiments that the event engendered amongst the crew, paired with a shortage of scrawlin'-bark, forced the pair to develop a more compact and efficient method of bearing witness to life occurrences. Upon landfall, word spread of the novelty, and soon the royal warrant adorned the series of cards that bears their names.
In a cruel move, Col. Withey ultimately claimed the entire patent, and Dr. Jones died a pauper. Our reissued editions of the cards are made with the full blessing of the remaining dregs of the Jones estate. Col. Withey, it is said, still roams the seas beyond the midnight horizon, but we do not expect to hear from him.