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Posted 08/21/2014   10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Couldn't help myself on this one. While I'm primary a postal historian I do have an interest in scripophily, particularly railroads and Ohio companies. Stocks don't have to be old to be attractive and engraved...this one has a CUSIP so must be from 1967 or later.

So many parallels between philately and scripophily, and it's surprising how few collectors there seem to be for stocks and bonds.

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Posted 08/21/2014   10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This may help to date your stock certificate from March 1990 to March 1993.

Note that it is signed by "Philip G. Barach, Chairman". According to Forbes Magazine:


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Philip G. Barach was, from July 1968 to March 1990, the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Shoe Corp., a shoe manufacturer, retail apparel company and retail eyewear company. In addition, Mr. Barach served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.S. Shoe Corp. from March 1990 to March 1993.
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Posted 10/06/2014   3:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a big fan of specimen certificates and collected them avidly when they were less expensive. There are many stocks you can only find as specimens, and conversely specimen versions of some stocks are far rarer than issued examples. Here are a few from my collection.

As far as there being less interest in scripophily in the Philatelic community, I think that's to be expected. The size and appearance of stocks and bonds has more in common with paper money, so typically you'll find more interest in the numismatic world.







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Posted 10/06/2014   5:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The scanned image for the West End Street Railway Company certificate harks back to an interesting beginning in history for public transportation in Boston ... a forerunner to today's "T" (MBTA or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority):


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During the mid to late 1800's some twenty different horsecar companies offered service to Boston and surrounding communities. Lax supervision led to over-duplication of existing services, fares were not regulated, and competition for passengers was fierce. The General Court of Massachusetts, having been made aware of these problems, passed the West End Consolidation Act (Act of 1887, Chapter 413) consolidating all lines into one operation to be known as the West End Street Railway. This led to the creation of one of the largest street railway operations in the United States at that time.
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Add this to all the other interesting things I've seen on this forum. Those stock certs are lovely and I could certainly see adding one here or there to my nascent ephemera collection at some point.
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Posted 10/18/2014   12:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up another nice specimen recently, a Hartford (CT) High School bond. The vignettes on this one are quite attractive, considering it was a mundane municipal bond.



The other two are not specimens, per se, but I thought it would be useful to illustrate different types of certificates. This one from the Mutual Banking Co. of Richmond is a printer's proof. These were typically printed on card stock and punch cancelled at the bottom. They were generally used just for in-house review by the banknote company.



Lastly, here is what's known as a blank. These were printed by a large banknote firm (American Bank Note, in this case) in advance with partial or no text, then either sold to a local printer or used for small jobs. I've seen a completed blank similar to this for the Delaware Railroad.

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Thought I'd add something to this topic for fun. I picked up this specimen bond recently, for a reasonable price. The vignette of the worker tapping a rubber tree was too cool to pass up.



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