Crane & Co. as we know it today was established in 1801 by the son of the original paper mill entrepreneur Stephen Crane. Set in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Crane produced currency for local and regional banks, and eventually the U.S. government, which it still does today.

In 1865 Crane began to equip its mill for upscale stationery production based on the latest coloring and embossing techniques used in Europe. It quickly became a luxury papermaker, supplying paper for brands like Tiffany's in New York. The arrival of the postal service and popular use of correspondence quickly made Crane a leader in social stationery. In the 1900's Crane published the first of many books on stationery etiquette.

Crane is used by everyone from the Queen of England for her 100th birthday invitations, to Jimmy Fallon's weekly "Thank You Notes." Now a part of the Mohawk Fine Paper family, another New England institution, Crane maintains the highest quality of paper craftsmanship.