KRAMER'S BEST ANTIQUE
On this page we have shared with you
the Kramer's Best staff, who make it
possible for us to
bring the products to you. (And we
have even included the
Kramer "critters".) There are
also views from John's past
and present outside
interest — the mountains of the West.
hope you find these pictures of
Yes, there really is a John
Kramer, and he really does wear that hat. And he wears it a
lot — in fact most of the time.
Even while at the barbeque grill. Over the years "the
hat" has become John's trademark. And no, it's not
patterned after those worn by railroad men or painters. It is
a hand-made recreation of an early 19th
Century workman's cap. It is very traditional, and
to John, most important, it is also very
Marian Blades, shown here in our booth
at a recent trade show, is in charge of sales and marketing of
Kramer's Best. Marian has been working with John and
the products since the early years, and has gained a lot of
knowledge and experience about their use. She might be the one
to answer the phone when you call to place an order, or to ask a
question. Or, you may run into her when she is doing a
show, or setting up or stocking one of our mall booths — which
might be in Florida or Arizona or one of many points in between
where she spreads the word of Kramer's Best. If you
would like to talk about setting up your own display of the
products, or maximizing your sales as a dealer, she is the one
to talk to. She has had lots of experience — with very
Kramer has been helping us out here at Kramer Products since his high
school days. Dave, who is very talented in many areas, especially
earned our gratitude in those early years, when he designed and built
an efficient and affordable labeling machine for us - a later version
of which we still use. Without this innovation, we would probably
still be back in the "crack-and-peel" age. These days Dave
has the responsibility of day-to-day production of the products. He
also handles shipping and is the one who packs those boxes so well
to assure your shipment's arrival without mishap. In addition, due
to his many and varied skills, and his numerous years with the company,
he can handle the many other jobs necessary to keep the company in
shape, and get the products out to you. We are fortunate to have David
as a key member of our team.
to the unusual processing and manufacturing methods our products require,
it has been necessary to design and build most of our own equipment.
As our company has grown, Steve Blades has utilized his many areas
of expertise to develop that equipment and set up the procedures that
make it possible for us to operate efficiently without abandoning
the techniques necessary to maintain integrity of the products. And,
you will see Steve's handwork on most of our display pieces, as well
as in our mall and show booths. He is shown here applying a final
wipe of Antique Improver to a prototype display shelf unit he has
built, patterned after an old one of similar style. Steve also likes
to tell others about the products, and you may get a chance to say
hello to him at a show sometime.
John's brother, RB Kramer, serves as
the company's official "bean counter", operating from his office in
Nashville, Tennessee. RB's past years of experience in artist
management in the country music field, and as accountant for his own
family business, make him the ideal person to keep the Kramer
Company financially organized, and to take care of all of that
time-consuming "number crunching" and paperwork. Thanks to the
modern miracles of e-mail, fax machines, and overnight mail,
accounting via long distance has turned out to be a good arrangement
The company 'critters':
think life is complete without a cat or a dog. And we have one of
each — Kate and Kitty.
John and Marian are shown here with
Kate on her "adoption" day , as she says goodbye to her mother. (She
was even a "monster" puppy.)
John and Kate see "eye to eye"— most of the time
Kitty is a real "copy cat" . . .
and she works soooo hard!
His heart lives in the shinin'
Considering John's life-long interest in early American history, it is not surprising that he found his way West — and into the mountains. Of great importance in his life is the quarter-century he spent as a Hiveranno member of the American Mountain Men, and his present membership in the National Association of Frontiersmen where he is a member of the Elders Council. This influence and involvement in researching the old ways helped lead John to interests that resulted in development of the Kramer's Best products. Though there are no more months-long treks on horseback through the Rockies, John attends as many rendezvous and other NAF activities as possible.