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Auction 142, Lot 137

"Cram's Detailed Radio Map of the United States and Canada", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: United States and Canada

Period: 1926 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

29 x 19.3 inches
73.7 x 49 cm
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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.

A remarkable advertising pocket map published for Viking Industries and designed to assist in the location of radio (AM) stations across the United States and southern Canada. Contains an extensive list of nearly 1,000 radio stations with the call sign, frequency and location of each. Includes a large inset of North America with red overprinting. Numerous advertisements fill the verso.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few fold separations repaired on verso with archival material.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/28/2012