Auction 119, Lot 74

"Cram's Universal Terrestrial Globe 10 1/2 Inch", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Globes

Period: 1920-30 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

10.5 x 13.5 inches
26.7 x 34.3 cm

George Franklin Cram was a civil war veteran who marched with Sherman prior to his career as a map publisher. In 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 Company. They sold a wide variety of atlases including the popular Unrivaled Atlas of the World which was printed continuously from the 1880s to 1952. In 1921, George Cram sold his business to one of his largest customers, E.A. Peterson of the National Map Company. The company is to this day producing quality maps and globes.

This wonderful terrestrial desk globe is constructed with 12 color lithographed, coated paper gores over pasteboard. Raised on an offset central axis mounted on a single short, angled metal pillar held by a footed wood stand. The oceans are finished in turquoise with the location of the International Date Line shown. The names and direction of the currents of all the oceans and seas are in white. This example, with a time dial at the North Pole, shows the Sargasso Sea prominently displayed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Notations at the north and south poles state the years and methods of travel for individuals who first explored those regions. This globe is catalog No. 105.


Condition: B

Gores are beginning to pull away from each other at the extremities, albeit just slightly. Gores also are scratched and abraded in several areas. Some of the red ink features are sun-faded. No soft spots, a nice example.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/9/2007