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GERMANY - 1886


Reprinted 2001 by Michiana History Publications

This inexpensive reprint is a best seller at our genealogy conferences.

Lithographed on 80 pound archival stock, and protected by a mylar or polypropylene sleeve,  this 11" x 14" reproduction makes  a great gift for friends and family or can be  an unusual door prize at family reunions or genealogy meetings.

This beautiful map comes from George F. Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World, published in 1886.


George Franklin Cram was born on May 28, 1842 and served in the Civil War including Sherman's "march to the sea".

On March 18, 1867 Cram and his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, founded the company of Blanchard & Cram in Evanston, Illinois. The company manufactured and sold maps and atlases.

In March, 1869 George formed the George F. Cram Company and moved the company to Chicago. His company was a supply house for traveling book salesmen.

In October, 1871 After the great Chicago fire, the George F. Cram Company was rebuilt

and renamed the Cram Map Depot, which sold maps and atlases.

In 1875 the company started to publish a wide variety of atlases, including the popular Unrivaled Atlas of the World series, which was continuously in print from the 1880's to 1952

In May, 1921 George F. Cram retired and sold his company to one of its largest customers, E.A. Peterson of the National Map Company. The companies were combined at 32 East Georgia Street in Indianapolis.

The National Map Company was started in 1882 and was previously named the Scarborough Company and located in Boston.

George F. Cram died on March 24, 1928, but his company is still in business in Indianapolis.

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