Sanford Manufacturing Company was formed in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1857 by Frederick W. Redington and William H. Sanford, Jr. The corporation specialized in the production and distribution of ink and glue. The company grew and relocated to Chicago in 1866. In 1927, the firm commissioned Norman Rockwell to create a painting for commercial purposes in honor of Sanford's 70th birthday. "It's lucky for you, youngster; your Grandad drafted this will with Sanford's Ink!" said the ad featured in various magazines. Sharpie is now synonymous with much more than just markers. Permanent Markers is THE BOLD ORIGINAL and cultural symbol.