Monthly Archives: January 2012

Keeping Good Company

We noticed, during an internet search, that Crane stationery was quite popular among the prominent ladies and gentlemen of 1898. From The American Stationer:

A few noted people and the paper they use: Collated from leading stationers who have kindly furnished us with the information. It goes to show how popular our papers are with the leading people in every field in life.

Mrs. Ex-President Cleveland uses Crane’s Blue Bond 21.

Mrs. George Gould, nee Edith Kingdon, uses Crane’s Grecian Antique 20 for her choice correspondence and the Crane’s Super Cream stock for her ordinary notes.

Mrs. Cyrus Field is another great admirer of Crane’s Grecian Antique, which she says suits her style of writing.

Jay Gould’s daughter uses Crane’s Blue Buckram Bond, a stub pen being her favorite for writing.

The ladies of the Bonaparte family in Baltimore use Crane’s Parchment Vellum 70, and write with the large fashionable hand. The paper is stamped with their crest in gold, and consists of two stars in shield, and bars accosted, surmounted with a crown, the emblem of royalty.

Mrs. William B. Astor has long used Crane’s Extra Superfine, and will have no other.

Madame Modjeska has a decided preference for Crane’s Bond and Parchment Vellum, and oscillates between the two.

General A.S. Webb had adopted Crane’s Kid Finish Cream as his preference.

The ladies of Ex-Mayor Hewitt’s family all use Crane’s Extra Superfine White Wove.

Mrs. Senator Stockbridge’s notes are on Crane’s Silver Gray paper in the extra superfine.

Miss Dorothy Phillips, the celebrated Washington beauty, thinks Crane’s Old Style the best paper made, and prefers it.

General Schofield endorses her opinion and Crane’s Old Style always bears his autograph.

W.J. Florence, the actor, writes easily on Crane’s Old Style, which he thinks is great, and Joseph Jefferson, “Old Rip Van Winkle,” prefers Crane’s Silver Gray Super 60.

The Legation of Japan all use Crane’s Extra Superfine White Wove.

A.G. Bell, Esq., of telephone fame, cares only for Crane’s Extra Super 80 Pound.

Hon. Henry Cabot Lodge prefers Crane’s Distaff.

Senator Edmunds, of Vermont, also prefers Crane’s Distaff.

Hon. William M. Evarts has long used Distaff and will have no other.

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Edison Relies on Crane, Again

On November 7, 1931, W. Murray Crane Jr. received the following letter from The Edison Institute of Technology in Dearborn, Michigan, again proving the quality and durability of Crane papers, as well as their continued role as the medium of innovation:

“Just 50 years ago, you sold to the Edison Machine Works on Goerk Street, New York City, some paper which they used for insulation between copper discs on what was known at that time as the “Jumbo” dynamo. There were only 23 of these dynamos made and as far as we can learn, there is only one left at the present time, and we have that one in Dearborn.

“The above machine was the first one to be started in the Old Pearl Street Station of New York City, which was the first central station in America for supplying incandescent electric lighting service on a commercial basis.

“We are planning to reproduce at least one section of the Old Pearl Street Station at Dearborn and in preparing to do this we found it necessary to tear down this old generator and reinsulate some of its parts, as in fifty years some of this insulation had become thoroughly dried out and quite brittle, and we considered it inadvisable to try to use it under those circumstances.

“In taking some of the round flat copper discs apart, which were on each end of the armature, we found that they were insulated from each other by some paper which was made by your company in 1881. We are pleased to enclose a sample of this paper, thinking it might be of interest to you, as you will notice that with the exception of the extreme outer edge, the paper appears to be in first-class condition.”


Mr. Crane wrote back, in part:

“You will be interested to know that we have equipped a portion of one of our mills about 100 years old as a museum…and assure you that the sheet which you have sent us will very shortly be added to our exhibits therein. We know, of course, that Mr. Ford is interested in similar ventures himself and we hope some time when he is motoring through, he will stop here and see our museum.”

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