Frank O Carlson and Co
3622 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60609

About Us

We are a family owned and operated Chicago based business. In 1912 Frank Carlson began as an employee of E. M. Bornhoft & Co. which was established in 1894. Frank left E. M. Bornhoft to start his own business, Frank O. Carlson & Co., Inc., in 1930 with installing chalkboards and hand lettering office doors throughout the loop. Due to the worldwide economic depression Frank could not continue to keep the business moving forward so he returned to his job at E. M. Bornhoft. In 1951, he was offered to purchase the company from Eugene Bornhoft. We are established in 1894 so Eugene Bornhoft’s legacy would live on.

Frank O. Carlson & Co., Inc. has been a part of many phases of the printing and signage world as it has evolved from hand lettering to silk screen, to vinyl die cut letters and now to a completely digital shop with the state of the art printing machines. As the requests of our customers have grown so have our services. As all companies, we offer a wide variety of substrates to meet the requirements of our customers, such as vinyl, acrylic, sintra, dibond, foamcore, cardstock and more that are able to be printed directly. Our machines print sizes from as small as necessary to as large as industry allows, 16’ wide banners by length of roll. We also have finishing capabilities as needed, by laminating or sewing.

As the opportunity for vehicle wrapping arose we expanded our printing and installation services for vehicle graphics from decals on the doors to full wraps of busses and trolleys and corporate identification.
Whatever your dream for advertising is, whether it is a simple printed vinyl banner to a complex creation we are here to help your dream come true.