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Detailed map of the polar regions, including the Unknown regions around the poles and the explored regions, naming islands, bays, harbors, etc.

Shows the following explorers' routes

  • Hudson 1611
  • Baffin 1816
  • Ross 1818-19
  • Franklin 1819-22
  • Franklin 1825
  • Parry 1821-22
  • Franklin 1846-47
  • Franklin 1825-28
  • McClure 1850
  • Collinson 1850-55
  • Kane 1853-55
  • German Expedition 1870
  • De Long 1879-92
  • Greeley 1881-84
  • Hansen 1893-96
  • Sverud 1902
  • Amundson
  • Nordenskjold 1876-79
  • Abruzzi 1900
  • Fram
  • Nansen
  • Many others!
George F. Cram Biography

George F. Cram (1842-1928), or George Franklin Cram, was an American mapmaker and businessman. During the Civil War, Cram served under General William Tecumseh Sherman and participated in his March to the Sea. His letters of that time are now important sources for historians of the Civil War. In 1867, Cram and his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, began the company known by their names in Evanston, Illinois.

Two years later, Cram became sole proprietor and the company was henceforth known as George F. Cram Co. Specializing in atlases, Cram was one of the first American companies to publish a world atlas. One of their most famous products was the Unrivaled Atlas of the World, in print from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Cram died in 1928, seven years after he had merged the business with that of a customer, E.A. Peterson. The new company still bore Cram’s name. Four years later, the Cram Company began to make globes, a branch of the business that would continue until 2012, when the company ceased to operate. For the final several decades of the company’s existence it was controlled by the Douthit family, who sold it just before the company was shuttered.