Auction 122, Lot 78

"Cram's 7 Inch Globe Made for Barowe, Inc.", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: Globes

Period: 1925 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

7 x 11 inches
17.8 x 27.9 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.

An attractive, multi-colored desk globe on a 6" round metal base that shows the winter and summer solstice, the autumnal and vernal equinox, the months of the year, and the the zodiac. The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia appear, but Manchuria is still named as such. French West Africa dominates the northern half of Africa. Sphere is made of 12 paper gores and is 7" in diameter. This example has a metal half meridian. Total height is 11".


Condition: B+

A bit soiled and portions of the equatorial stripe are missing.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/5/2007