Trafford Books is the trading name of George Wewiora who commenced selling paper collectables by auction in 1980 with his former partner, the late Harry Wood of Stockport. They established Acorn Philatelic Auctions as a specialist firm handling Stamps, Postal History and Picture Postcards. Harry Wood retired from the business in 1989, following which George gradually incorporated Cigarette and Trade Cards, Antiquarian and later books, Maps, Prints, Ephemera and Autographs into the sales.
Following the sale of the trading name Acorn Philatelic Auctions in September 2005, George rebranded his auctions as Trafford Books and refocused the auctions to place greater emphasis on Books, Postcards, Photographs and Autographs. Currently Postage Stamps take up approximately 20% of the total number of lots offered.
George Wewiora has a First Class Honours Degree in Drama, and an M.A. in social aspects of Theatre History, both obtained at the University of Manchester in 1971 and 1974 respectively. He worked as a lecturer in Communication Studies at Tameside College of Technology before going into business. He is past president of the Manchester Central Philatelic Society, and held the post of Editor of Scandinavian Contact for 7 years (the journal of the Scandinavia Philatelic Society).