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George F. Cram Co. Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
1867 - 2012

Aliases

 

George F. Cram Co. Inc 1867 - 2005

Herf Jones, Inc. 2005 - 2012

 

Locations

 

Indianapolis, IN

 

History

 

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George Franklin Cram was a civil war veteran who marched with Sherman prior to his career as a map publisher. On March 18, 1867, George F. Cram and his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, founded the company Blanchard & Cram in Evanston, IL. The company manufactured and sold maps and atlases. Cram became the sole owner two years later and renamed it the George F. Cram Co. The company sold a wide variety of atlases, including the popular Unrivaled Atlas of the World, which was printed continuously from the 1880ís to 1952.

 

In 1921, Cram sold his business to one of his largest customers, E.A. Peterson of the National Map Company. The companies were combined at 32 E. Georgia St. in Indianapolis. The Cram name survived the merger. On March 24, 1928, George F. Cram died at the age of 86.

 

In 1932, the George F. Cram Company began manufacturing globes. In 1936, the company moved again to 730 E. Washington St. That location is currently the Marion County Jail.

 

Loren B. Douthit joined the company in 1937 as a School Sales Field Manager to develop the potential of the school market. Between 1937 and 1966, Cram developed a variety of educational maps and globes including the most usable globe in the classroom, Horizon Ring Globe.

 

Loren Douthit became President and majority shareholder of the company in 1966. In March of 1968, Cram moved again to 301 S. LaSalle St. where it remained for 38 years. Loren Douthit retired in 1978, passing the torch to his two sons. William Douthit became President and John Douthit became Vice-President.

 

The company remained in the Douthit family for 40 years until it was sold to another Indianapolis company, Herff Jones. Cram moved to its newest location at 4719 W. 62nd St. on the Herff Jones corporate campus in 2006.

 

Herff Jones then closed the business in 2012 as part of a consolidation.

 

When Loren came to the company, she dabbled in crayons to assist with marking their atlas, globes and maps.It is unclear which company she contracted with to make their crayons.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Map Marking

GFC0001

HT

6

6

Red,White

1940s

9

$5

 

Photos

 

Map Marking - 6 green.jpg

 

 

GFC0001