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Litho-Krome Company Records (MC 353)

MC 353 – Litho-Krome Collection (MC 353)

Organizational Note

Litho-Krome of Columbus, Georgia was formed when James Thomas Morgan (known as J. Tom Morgan) bought Commercial Printers Incorporated (formerly Walton Printing Company), at the courthouse door at its bankruptcy auction in 1933 and renamed it Litho-Krome.  He ran the company until Hallmark bought it in 1979.  J. Tom Morgan died on December 30, 1999 and is buried in Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus, along with his second wife, Marietta Isabelle Morgan and his son J. Tom Morgan III.  J. Tom Morgan was born in Columbus, Georgia on February 7, 1911 to James Thomas Morgan and Frances G. Harris.  His first wife was Lillie Patterson born on the 4th of July, 1935 in Washington, D.C.  She died in 1988.  They had two children, James Thomas Morgan III (1935-1995) and Frederick P. Morgan.  Morgan married his second wife, Marietta Isabelle Solimeo, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 4, 1953.  After having left Columbus to pursue a career as an artist, he returned to Columbus to make a career as a commercial artist.

According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story by Tony Adams of February 15, 2015, after Hallmark purchased Litho-Krome in 1979, the Columbus facility printed Hallmark greeting cards and packaging for Crayola products.  In March of 2014 it halted work on reproduction of fine art and photos, while shifting portions of the greeting card production process to the Kansas facility.  At one time, the Columbus company was known for producing limited-edition prints for a number of major art publishers and artists.  Henry Nordhausen, Norman Rockwell and Thomas Kinkade were among those who used the company's fine art expertise.  Hallmark closed the Litho-Krome printing plant in Columbus in 2015, ending its more than eight-decade run in Columbus.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of four series: Series 1 – Textual (1 box); Series 2 – Images; (2 boxes); Series 3 – Videos (2 boxes); and Series 4 – Artifacts (XX boxes).
1950s-2000s XX boxes (XX l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Litho-Krome Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Litho-Krome Collection (MC 353)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

These materials were donated to the CSU Archives by Hallmark Cards, Inc. in 2015.

Note to Researchers

See also:
J. Tom Morgan Collection (MC 360)

 

Box and Folder/Item List

Series 1 – Textual Organizational Files

Box 1

Folder 1 – Advisory Board Photos

Folder 2 – Anheuser-Busch Holiday Greeting Cards, 2001

Folder 3 – Litho-Krome 75th Anniversary Celebration, April 24, 2008

Folder 4 – Awards, 1947, 1950, 2001, 2004-2011
     This folder and contains Litho-Krome's awards and certificates from the Direct Mail Advertising Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, and the Benny awarded by the Printing Industry of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.  The Benny is the Benjamin Franklin Award for outstanding printing.  It also contains programs for the award ceremonies, press releases and other awards related materials.

Folder 5 – Awards, 2007-2011
     This folder and contains Litho-Krome's awards and certificates from the Printing Industry Association of Georgia, and the Benny awarded by the Printing Industry of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.  It also contains programs for the award ceremonies, press releases and other awards related materials.

Folder 6 – Awards/Certificate (oversized), 1993, 1995
     This folder contains:
Certificate of Accomplishment Topeka Production Facility Recognizes Litho-Krome's Hallmark Business Unit and Liz Williams, July 1, 1993
Printing Industry of America, The Premier Print Awards, Award of Recognition to Greenwich Workshop and Litho-Krome Co for: Beauty and the Beast, 1995
Printing Industry of America, Certificate of Merit to: Greenwich Workshop and: Litho-Krome Co for: Pavane Gold, 1995
Printing Industry of America, Certificate of Merit to: Litho-Krome Co and: Greenwich Workshop, for: A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True, 1995
Printing Industries of America, Certificate of Merit to: Greenwich Workshop, and: Litho-Krome Co, for: Moonlit Flight on Christmas Night, 1995

Folder 7 – Burn Center Oval (Negatives)

Folder 8 – Calendar (oversize) – Timken Bearings Roll the Load, 1958

Folder 9 – Calendar (oversize) – Timken Bearings Roll the Load, 1960

Folder 10 – CDs
This folder contains:
LK Tour, ppt Shows
CI Tour, pps Files
Doug's Farewell Coffee, January 29, 2004
Commercial Printers, Columbus, GA, April 15, 1948
WRBL Interviews Employees with George Davis
David Millen 25th Luncheon

New Plant
Miscellaneous

Folder 11 – Color Theory Class Material, Litho-Krome University
     This folder contains the manual used for training. It includes:
Section 1 – Copies of all Slides Used in the class Presentation
Section 2 – A General Overview of Color
Section 3 – Color Gamut
Section 4 – Beyond Color
Section 5 – Two Papers Describing the Proper Lighting and Viewing Conditions and Standards that Should Meet when Viewing Color Critical Material
Section 6 – The Fundamental Rules
Section 7 – A Section Describing the Phenomenon of Dot Gain
Section 8 – Two Papers Describing the Process of Color Management
Section 9 – A Chart Describing Some of the Many Variables that are Encountered in the Color Printing Process
Section 10 – A Glossary
Section 11 – Color Illusions
Section 12 – Notes

Folder 12 – Conquistadores Del Cielo/1985 Fall ranch Meeting/A Bar A Ranch, Encampment, Wyoming, printed by Litho-Krome Company, 1985

Folder 13 – C.P.I. Flat Copy (Negatives) Job # 984

Folder 14 – "Death in the West" (Negatives) Job C-07454

Folder 15 – Diet-Rite & R.C. Signs (Negatives) Photos

Folder 16 – Diet-Rite Lemon Lime (Negatives)

Folder 17 – Diet-Rite Cola Cartons (Negatives)

Folder 18 – Drupa 2000 Industry News and Articles, 2000

Folder 19 – Dun-D Citrus Box and Label (Negatives), Job #1775, December 9, 1958

Folder 20 – Hall, Joyce C. (1891-1982) – Memorial Brochure, 1982

Folder 21 – Hallmark – Business Expressions (brochures), 1999
     This folder contains: Hallmark Holiday – Litho-Krome Art Reproductions (2 copies), 1999

Folder 22 – Handshake Season's Greetings, catalog, 1992

Folder 23 – "In Search of the Perfect Press as Described by Today's Users" by L. Lamar Powers, President, Litho-Krome Company, GATF International Congress on Printing, 1989

Folder 24 – Installation of 6 – color 63" M.A.N. GSH Press (photo album), March 15, 1982

Folder 25 – Job sheets for #15687, #15407 and #15305 Bama Food Products

Folder 26 – Kodak – Color Control Patches & Wratten Photomechanical Filter, 1989

Folder 27 – Kiss Impressions: My Love affair with Lithography by J. Tom Morgan, Jr., 1983

Folder 28 – Ken West, Harold Rici, Dave Hughes Visit (Photos), March 12, 1982

Folder 29 – "Litho-Krome Report" by Lynn Poretta and John Sandefur, June 1995
     This folder contains:
Section I – Basic Color Theory
Section II – Basic Color Separation
Section III – Hands-On Camera Separation
Section IV – Scanner Training
Section V – Proofing
Section VI – Tone Reproduction
Section VII – Platemaking
Section VIII – Tour of Mead Mahrt Coated Board Mill
Section IX – Printing Process
Section X – The Lithographic Press; Section XI – Bronzer

Folder 30 – Memos, 1969-1975

Folder 31 – Memos, 1976-1985

Folder 32 – Miscellaneous
     This folder contains:
"Tom, Tom, the Printing Man Installed a Press and How they Ran!: The Story of another Letterpress Shop that Added Offset Lithography...and How" (Little Book)
2 Hallmark Cards
Paper Weight Calculator
Proportion Scales, Paper Cost Finder, and Paper Weight Calculator
Ink Guess-T-Mator; and Key Number Selector

Folder 33 – Modern Electronic Controls (Photo)

Folder 34 – Newspaper Clippings, 1980, 2003-2005
"Tom Morgan of Litho-Krome Profiled", "Tom Morgan: the Most Colorful Man in Town" by Liza Benham in the Chattahoochee Magazine, May 25, 1980
"Press On, Litho-Krome First Tenant to Open in Technology Park" by Tony Adams in the Ledger-Enquirer, June 19, 2003
"Job Change in Cards for Litho-Krome Chief, Warren Heads to Kansas City; Millen to Lead Columbus Works" by Tony Adams in the Ledger-Enquirer, December 3, 2003
"Major Local Companies, When you Care Enough to Print the Very Best, Litho-Krome Prints 900 Million Greeting Cards a Year for Hallmark" by Erin Simpson in the Ledger-Enquirer, June 6, 2005

Folder 35 – Patents, 1997, 1999, 2000

Folder 36 – Printing Samples

Folder 37 – Product Examples
     This folder contains: Brewing Heritage, Anheuser Busch 150 Anniversary, 1852/2002; Budweiser Greeting Cards; Anticipate, Litho-Krome's Hotel Division

Folder 38 – Real Estate Brochures

Folder 39 – Requests for Proposals, 1998-2002

Folder 40 – Russell Corporation Annual Report, 1994

Folder 41 – Show Off your Award

Folder 42 – J. Tom Morgan's Notebook (Blank)

Series 2 -- Images

Box 1 (Negatives, Slides & Photographs)

Folder 1 – Negatives & slides, November 15, 1996

Folder 2 – Negatives (Miscellaneous) I

Folder 3 – Negatives (Miscellaneous) II

Folder 4 – Negatives (Miscellaneous) III

Folder 5 – Negatives (Miscellaneous) IV

Folder 6 – Negatives (Miscellaneous) X

Folder 7 – Contact sheets & Negatives (Miscellaneous) I

Folder 8 – Contact sheets & Negatives (Miscellaneous) II

Folder 9 – Contact sheets & Negatives (Miscellaneous) III

Folder 10 – Large Photos (Miscellaneous) I

Folder 11 – Large Photos (Miscellaneous) II

Folder 12 – Large Photos (Miscellaneous) III

Folder 13 – Large Photos (Miscellaneous) IV

Folder 14 – Large Photos (Miscellaneous) V

Folder 15 – Original Artwork (Negatives), 1980s

Folder 16 – Photos from Commercial Album

Folder 17 – Press Parts Room Before and After, 1/27/1982 and 2/3/1983

Folder 18 – Slides (Unidentified), 1940s

Folder 19 – Slides (Unidentified, 1950s

Folder 20 – Slides (Unidentified), 1960s

Folder 21 – Slides (Unidentified), 1970s

Folder 22 – Slides (Unidentified), 1980s

Folder 23 – Slides (Unidentified), 1990s

Folder 24 – Slides (Unidentified), nd

Box 2 – Photographs

Folder 1 – Smithsonian Litho Display, 1950s

Folder 2 – You Can Juggle Four Colors (Brochure), nd

Folder 3 – "Walk for Someone You Love" (Photos)

Folder 4 – Wildlife Pictures

Folder 5 – Wine and Cheese OVERSIZE

Item 6 (Small Box) – Photos
Item 7 (Small Box) – Photos

Series 3 – Videos

Box 1 – Videos

Art Repro, 1995
Hallmark: Gold Crown Card Program, August, 1988
Hallmark Newsbreak, July 1988
Litho-Krome Successes, 1989
Zenger Miller, Moving from Conflict to Collaboration, 1996
Hallmark, the Very Best
Litho-Krome Annual Meeting, January 7, 1991, Tape 2 & 3
663 M.A.N.
Litho-Krome video, 1989
Dateline – code of conduct Story with Stone Phillips Aired December 17th 1996
Mill Pond Press Video
The Gallup School of Management, "Building a Stronger Workplace", 1999
Humor Risk Change
Prism, Information Technology & Industry Leadership
Prism, Information Systems Architecture
Improving Work Habits
Improving Employee Performance
Hallmark Newsbreak, September 1988
Hallmark: Newsbreak, August 1988
Litho-Krome Announcement Move to Muscogee Technology Park, May 1, 2002
The Four House
IM: Concepts and Key Principles
Diversity Experiment
Empowerment: Overview Video
Empowerment: Module 113, Working Effectively with Others
The Supervisor in Transition
Torch Run
Humor, Risk and Change
Accepting Differences: A Diversity Workshop
Workplace violence: First Line of Defense
Insight Inventory, Understanding Yourself and Others, 1999
Muppet Breakthrough
Graphic Arts Musical, 1991
Process Materials Control Information/Presentation Protocol, April 3, 1989
Avoiding Muscle Injury, Warm-Up Exercises for Industry & the Home, Dr. Brian E. Kozar
ADA Policy Statement, 1992
Financial Engines Demonstration, December 2, 1999
Substance Abuse in the Workplace Introduction, 1995
Kennon, Parker, Duncan, and Key Realtors, There's Always Something to do in Columbus, GA
United Way, Thank You
Skill Practice Instructions
Utilizing Effective Follow-Up Action
Utilizing Effective Disciplinary Action
Hidden Assets, Empowering Americas Workers
Management Support: Coaching
Maintaining Improved Performance
Hazard Communication Today
Discovering the Future
Manager's Advantage, Mastering Performance Appraisals, 1989

Box 2

16 Minute film of Litho-Krome Audio Visual Show, July 5, 1984
     This is a large format film that is on top of Box 1.

Series 4 – Artifacts

 

[This series is still being processed.]

 

Box 3 – Marketing Logos

Colorful shape Logo
Lithography at its Very Best – Litho-Krome
Litho-Krome B Company
Shelby Biscuit Company by Baked in Memphis Dixie Biscuit One Dozen Cartons/Shelby Biscuit Company, Memphis

Box 4

Commercial Printers, Inc
Litho-Krome Balanced Process Colors
Lithography at its Best / A Subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, inc
The Cash Advertiser – W.M. Cosby Flour & Grain's, Whole Sale Flour and Grain, Office 1501 Avenue A, of Birmingham, ALA/Hardwood-Yancey-Rhea Co., Wholesale Grocers, Pulaski, Tennessee

Box 5 – Awards

United Way / Gold Award 2006/2007 Presented to Litho-Krome Company for Outstanding Service to the People of Our community...The United Way
United Way / Gold Award 2007
United Way / Gold Award 2012
United Way / Gold Award 2013
Big Brothers Big Sisters – I Survived 2011 Bowl for Kids' Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley Would Like to Thank Litho-Krome Company for their Generous Support of the Children in our Community and Bowl for Kids' Sake, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley – Bowl for Kids 'Sake Viva Las Vegas – In Recognition for Your Generosity, Support and sponsorship of Bowl for Kids' Sake, 2012
NAPL – Excellence in Graphic Communications – Proud Member in Good Standing 2005 NAPL.org. – Walter E. Soderstrom Founder, 1933
Printing Industry Association of Georgia – 1999 Print Excellence Award – Best of Category – Litho-Krome Company – 2000 Burton Golf Catalog
Printed Industry Association of Georgia – Litho-Krome Company "Pursuit of a Dream" by Jessie Barnes
Hallmark Cards / Litho-Krome Company – Celebrating 50 Years of Partnership, 25 Years of Ownership – 2004 – Presented to the Litho-Krome Company – In Honor of 25 Years as a Hallmark Subsidiary – November 8, 2004
Printing Industry Association – Litho-Krome Company "Reconnaissance at McDowell" by Bradley Schmehl
Printing Industry Association – Litho-Krome Company "Pods of Serenity" by Thomas Kinkade

Box 6 - Awards

United Way – Gold Award – Presented to Litho-Krome Company for Outstanding Service to the People of our Community, the United Way (No Date)
United Way – Gold Award 2004/2005 Presented to Litho-Krome, Division of Hallmark
2005 PIAG Best Art Reproduction Gold Award
2005/2006, Gold Award
2008 Gold Award
2009 Silver Award
2011 Gold Award
2007 National Gold Ink Award – Sponsored by Publishing Executive and Printing Impressions – Litho-Krome Company Bronze Award Posters – Look Beyond the Obvious – The Art of Camouflage

Box 7 – Plaques

Folder 1 – Plaques Litho-Krome Company
Folder 2 – Plaques Litho-Krome Company
Folder 3 – Plaque: A Great Job / Created Especially for the Employees and Friends of Litho-Krome Company

Box 8 – Plaques

Folder 1 – Plaques Created Especially for the Employees and Friends of Litho-Krome Company
Folder 2 – Plaques: Thank You – Litho-Krome
Plaques: The Print Center of Excellence Litho-Krome Company – Honesty of Purpose – Honesty of Execution

Box 9 – Plaques

Folder 1 – K-21 – 0175
Folder 2 – K-21 – K 330174
Folder 3 – K-21 – K3 L43 Blue

Box 10 – Plaques

Folder 1 – Green Plaques & Metal
Folder 2 – K. Print of Excellence
Folder 3 – Small K

Box 11

Man with Pipe – JR Trans & Masks – Kodak Plates (Negatives)

Box 12

Kodak Plates (Negatives)

Box 13

Kodak Plates (Negatives)

Box 14

Folder 1 – Wine and Cheese, Printed in 1949-1955 Permanent Exhibition Smithsonian Institute – Premier Example of Modern Four Color Lithography

Box 15

Color Guides: H (Hallmark) K (Kansas) O (Offset) Pantone: Formula Guide Solid Uncoated

Box 16

Pantone Pastel color Formula Guide (Commercial Pre-Press) – Pantone Pastels and Neons Coated and Uncoated, the T Series – Pantone Metallic Formula Guide/Coated – Pocket Pal a Graphic Arts Production Handbook, 1934

Artifacts List

1 – Litho-Krome Company – 1999 PIAG Print Excellence Competition – Best of Columbus Award – Presented by Utica National Insurance Group
2 – One Columbus Community Vision – A Diverse Community Working Together – Presented to Litho-Krome Company – with Grateful Appreciation for your Support as a Sponsor of the One Columbus – Third Annual Recognition Dinner – January 18, 2007, Columbus, GA
3 – Baldwin Packing Cage / Baldwin – Gegenheimer Corp. Stamford, Conn. 06902 in a Wood Box
4 – Hammer (Metal tool)
5 – Camera Lens – Rodenstoch (Munchen) Apo-Ronar 1.9 f – 480mm/19 inch
6 – Trowel (Tool)
7 – Tool
8 – Tool
9 – Litho-Krome Company – 2001 PIAG Print Excellence Competition – Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Printing Industry Association of Georgia
10 – Litho-Krome Company – 2003 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
11 – Litho-Krome company – 2004 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
12 – Litho-Krome Company – 2005 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
13 – Litho-Krome Company – 2006 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
14 – Litho-Krome Company – 2007 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
15 – Litho-Krome Company – 2008 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
16 – Litho-Krome Company – 2009 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America
17 – Litho-Krome Company – 2010 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America Corporation
18 – Litho-Krome Company – 2011 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America Corporation
19 – Litho-Krome Company – 2012 Best Art Reproduction – Top Gold Award Presented by Komori America Corporation
20 – Environmental Health & Safety – Litho-Krome Corporation
21 – Seald ¼ More Juice Sweet – Dundee Citrus Growers Assn. Polk County, Florida (Print)
22 – The Litho-Krome Creed (Frame)
23 – Georgia Trend 2012 Most Influential Georgians by Penley (Frame)
24 – 2007 – 25 Year Club Members – Employee's List (Frame)
25 – Walk for Someone You Love – March of Dimes – Preventing Birth Defects – 1996 March of Dimes Walk America – 1st Place – Company T-Shirt – Litho-Krome
26 – We're Best Known for the company we Keep – U.S. Arts "Success for Litho-Krome Art Reproduction has Always Been Measured by How Effectively we've met the Expectations of the Artists and Publishers that Depend on us"
27 – "On the Green with the Rembrandt of the Back 9" (Newspaper Clipping) (Frame)
28 – Printing Industry of America Inc. – Graphic Arts Technical Foundation – 2007 – The Premier Print Awards Best of Category to: Litho-Krome Company – For: Word of God – Artist: Min Situ – Publisher: Green Wich Workshop
29 – Banovich (Painter) (Frame)
30 – "Great Management is No Secret" by Timothy Mescon (Masters on Motivation) – "World Class or No Class" by Michael Mescon (Masters on Motivation) – "Don't Blame the Clerk" by Michael and Timothy Mescon (Frame)
31 – Georgia Trend – 2013 Most Influential Georgians, by Penley (Frame)
32 – Glatfelter beyond Paper (Frame)
33 – Print Say it Best – 2008 Print Excellence Competition – Gold Award, 2004/05 (Frame)
34 – 1997 March of Dimes – Walk America – 1997 Company Banner – 2nd Place – Litho-Krome (Frame)
35 – Wine and Cheese Poster (Frame)
36 – Tom Morgan Jr. Founder – Litho-Krome Company – President, 1942/1980 (Frame)
37 – United States Open Championship 2005 – Pinehurst # 2 (Frame)
38 – Best of Show – Division IV – Printing Industry Association of Georgia – The 1999 xpedx Award is Proudly Presented to the People of Litho-Krome Company for the Most Outstanding Achievement in the Printing Industry Association of Georgia – "Congratulations from xpedx" (Frame)
39 – New Year Wish – Glen Burnie – Town Run Creek Winchester, Virginia – January 1862 by John Paul Strain (Frame)
40 – Fear the Gator – National Champions – Football 1996 – 2006 – 2008 – Basketball 2006 – 2007 (Frame)
41 – A Cowboy's Morning – Chris Owen (Frame)
42 – I Know Thee Not – Liz Lemon Swindle – Greenwich Workshop – Printed by Litho-Krome Company – 2005 PIAG GATE "Benny" (Frame)
43 -- Indian / Poker (Frame)
44 – Heidelberg (Glass) Salutes the 2006 PIA/GATF Benny Award Winner
45 – United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley – Spirit Award Presented to Litho-Krome Company for Symbolizing the Spirit of an Outstanding Employee Campaign, 2007
46 – Second Harvest the Valley Food Bank – 2008 Harvest of Hope Award – Litho-Krome Company in Appreciation for Being a Fellow Gatherer with our Efforts to Sustain the Hungry
47 – One Columbus Community Vision – A Diverse Community Working Together – Presented to Litho-Krome Company with Grateful Appreciation for Your Support as a Sponsor of the One Columbus – Fourth Annual Recognition Dinner – January 24, 2008, Columbus, GA
48 – Printing Industry of America, Inc. – Premier Print Award – 2007 Best Category Litho-Krome Company – Art Prints – Word of God – Artist: Mian Situ – Publisher: Greenwich Workshop
49 – Printing Industries of America, Inc. – Premier Print Award – 2005 Best Category "I Know Thee Not" by Liz Swindle
50 – Printing Industries of America, Inc. – Premier Print Award – 2006 Best Category – "A Cowboy's Morning"
51 – Paint Brush
52 – Cut Paint Brush
53 – Tool
54 – Tool
55 – Tool
56 – Magnifier – PARAGON
57 – Boxes of Color (2)
58 – Tool (Art Department) Wilson Jones CS
59 – Pre-Cut Tape in Handy Dispenser Box X-Marx
60 – Pen Points – R. Esterbrook
61 – Cambric – Reinforcements for Loose Leaf Sheets
62 -- Tool in Envelope
63 – Plaque 201 K
64 – Magnetic Plaque with Letters