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Item/Description: Vintage ca pre-1959 Cram’s Modern Series Pocket (folding) Map #4 of Korea and Adjoining China, Japan and U.S.S.R. (Original Price $.50).
***Provides Info on: Cities, towns, railways/railroads, highways, national boundries (“boundaries” is actually misspelled on the map itself), mountain elevations.
Excerpted Online Research Information about The George F. Cram Company (attributed to http://www.1worldglobes.com/1WorldGlobes/cram-globe.htm AND http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/the-george-f-cram-company-inc-history/): “George F. Cram - Globe and Map Maker Since 1867. Cram's mission -- to provide quality geographical products to consumers and educators around the world has earned them the respect they deserve in the industry. The Cram globe and map products meet the highest standards of craftsmanship and editorial quality & are considered the standard that other educational globe and map products are compared against. Cram views its end customers as part of an extended family on a common mission of conducting business in the most pleasant, honest and efficient manner possible.
The history of the George F. Cram Company spans over 130 years. During that time, the company has always believed in honesty and fair treatment. It is their passion to continue to employ these virtues as they continue to lead the industry with products that represent the highest levels of quality and innovation.
Every world that Cram creates is designed to enhance the world for the person who uses it. For businesses, homes and schools, as reference tools or decorative accessories, the Cram globe and map products -- "worlds of imagination" -- have appeal without boundaries. Cram is passionate about and proud of the products they produce, which is evident in every globe and map product they ship.
UPDATE: As of the beginning of 2012, the George F. Cram company's operations have been shut down & all products have been discontinued at this time.”
1867: Company is founded as Blanchard & Cram in Evanston, Illinois.
1869: Firm becomes George F. Cram Company with George as sole owner; company moves to Chicago.
1871: Great Chicago fire destroys the business; company is re-established as Cram Map Depot.
1921: Edward Peterson buy the company and merges it with his National Map Company of Indianapolis.
1928: After Cram's death, Peterson changes the company name to The George F. Cram Company.
1932: Cram begins manufacturing globes.
1937: Loren B. Douthit begins employment with Cram.
1966: Douthit becomes president and majority shareholder of the company.
1978: Douthit retires and his sons William and John assume leadership of Cram.
1988: Cram acquires American Geographic, Visual Craft, and Starlight Manufacturing.
1991: Company purchases Southwind Publications and in-troduces the first Vacuum-Formed Illuminated Globe.
2002: Company earns Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce.”
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1928 to ca 1959 (1920s to 1950s) - most likely 1940s-1950s
*Though undated, we arrived at this time period estimate based upon the booklet’s listing of “(Other) Modern Series Maps Available”, with separate, different maps being listed for the “United States” as a whole versus that listed for “Hawaii and U.S. Possessions in the Pacific”. This indicates that Hawaii was not yet a U.S. state (Hawaii statehood was achieved in 1959).
Publisher: The George F. Cram Co., Inc. - Indianapolis, Indiana
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: “The George F. Cram Company, Inc., Since 1867, Indianapolis 7, Indiana”.
*When booklet is closed, it measures 4 & ½"W x 8 & ½"H;
*When map is opened up, it measures 19 & ½”W x approximately 25"H.
Quantity: One (1)
*Booklet is in excellent condition, evincing only nominal surface handling.
*Map is also in excellent condition, remaining as crisp and clean as if it were new, with the only mitigating factors being a not-unusual tear in one of the fold lines/creases sections of the map (from having been folded and closed up for so long). Map incredibly does not appear to have been previously handled or used very much if at all!