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A.C. McClurg & Co
Chicago, IL
1844 - 1962

 

Aliases

 

A.C. McClurg & Co

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Chicago, IL

History

 

It took a while to solve the mystery of this company.At first I didnít know their name but had two boxes and only a banner with part of their name on it.What I didnít put together was that they were the house brand by the company that put out the catalog with the page of crayons in the first place.A. C. McClurg was a stationer, publisher, and book wholesaler for over 120 years in Chicago, Illinois. The business began in 1844, as Chicago's first stationery store and changed hands several times, often as the result of a fire. Alexander McClurg came into management of the business at the time of the Great Chicago Fire (1871) and established an interest in fine literature, which was pursued by the company until late in the first decade of the 20th century.\\

 

in Chicago, Illinois in 1844 as W.W. Barlow & Co., which soon changed names to S. C. Griggs & Co. It was briefly known as Griggs, Bross & Co. after William Bross was admitted as a partner in 1848; the partnership dissolved after eighteen months. Alexander C. McClurg, a former law student who moved to Chicago to join the mercantile trade, joined the company in 1859. McClurg joined Griggs as a junior partner after he returned a general from the Civil War. The company building was burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After the fire, Griggs sold his share of the company and it became Jansen, McClurg & Co. McClurg became senior partner in 1887 and the company took the name of A. C. McClurg & Co. The company was again destroyed in a fire in 1899, but McClurg financed a new building. McClurg died in 1901, but the company retained his name in subsequent decades.In 1913, A. C. McClurg published its first Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes book. McClurg would publish the first ten novels of the series. By 1923, the company's operations focused exclusively on wholesaling. The company remained in business until 1962.

 

Their surviving stationer catalogs help provide a valuable reference for identifying and age dating crayon boxes as they offered a wide selection of product from many crayon companies.Here is an example of a page from 1908 which also happens to contain the two products they carried themselves.It would be likely that they had these contracted by another company for their catalog sales.This most likely would have been Standard Crayon or American Crayon.

 


 

Known Crayon Boxes††††††††††††††††† 002

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Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

The Acorn Brand

MCC0001

PCL

120

120

White

Black Band Top

Large 120

1908

6

$15

The Acorn Brand

MCC0002

TBH

12

12

White,Black

Cursive Name

Tall window right, hex colors

1908

6

$10

 

Photos

 

 

 

MCC0001

MCC0002