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Denoyer - Geppert
Chicago, IL
1916-Current

Other Locations

 

Skokie, IL

 

History

 

The Denoyer-Geppert Company was founded in 1916 by L. Philip Denoyer and Otto E. Geppert.  Mr. Denoyer, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, was a teacher, principal, and professor of geography before founding his company.  Mr. Geppert was a salesman who had been working for W & AK Johnston, mapmakers out of Chicago.

 

In 1913, Geppert found Denoyer teaching in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and convinced him to leave and become an adviser for A. J. Nystrom & Co. in Chicago.  In 1916 after both had careers working for Chicago mapmakers, they formed their own mapmaking business under their own names, with Denoyer as President and Geppert as Sales Manager and Secretary/Treasurer.

 

In its early years, the firm promoted itself as a manufacturer and supplier of "visual demonstration equipment for geography, history and the biological sciences," including globes and maps and even crayons. Their primary focus was in the globe and wall map area.

 

Mr. Denoyer died in 1964 at the age of 88, but had retired from the company in 1947.  Although he was retired and spent the remainder of his life on his farm in Illinois, he continued on as a consulting editor until his death.

 

Mr. Geppert became president of the company upon Denoyer’s death, becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1968. He would pass away in 1970 at the age of 80.

 

Today, Denoyer Geppert International is still operating in Skokie, Illinois, providing “human anatomy models, skulls and skeletons, hospital dolls, patient simulators, CPR manikins, classroom videos and software, wall charts and posters”.  They don’t make crayons (or globes) anymore and their crayon product was only a byproduct to support their maps and therefore they didn’t do a lot of production.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

ReMARKable

DG0001

ST

16

16

Cream

Black text

1930s

5

$2

 

Photos

 

 

 

DG0001