Monday, March 31, 2014

Digest of scripophily readings XIII

New online scripophily articles and references, March 2014

"Collecting is not only the accumulation of objects but also the gathering of information about these objects." , says Piotr Bykowski from Poland. In 2004 Piotr published a 100 page study about bonds issued during the Second Polish Republic. Mr. Bykowski's work, written in Polish, includes English chapter titles and contains images of most types of certificates. You can find the work online and download it here. A great reference work. The author, a fervent traveller and motorcyclist, is grateful for any opinions and feedback. You can contact him by email, or through his blog.

Poland 1920 treasury loan
5% Long term internal state loan of 1920
temporary certificate Poland treasury
handwritten denomination

The World's Airlines - Past, Present & Future
There is not a single image of an airline's stock certificate present, but still, The World's Airlines is a great reference place for any collector of aviation scripophily. The author has currently 17871 airlines listed in his database (latest release 30th March 2014). Amazing. As a test, I checked out Brazil and counted more than 250 airlines. You can follow the author on Twitter here.

HWPSAMMLER.TUMBLR.COM a bilingual blog
Dr. Roland Schmidt, alias HWPSammler, is the author of the scripophily blog titled Historische Wertpapiere. Blog posts are written alternately in German and English and cover a broad list of topics. Here is one of my favorite posts about a warbond from .. yes .. Switzerland. Thank you for sharing HWPSammlr, I am tuned ! 

Scripophily magazine from the International Bond and Share Society
Scripophily magazine No.93.

Scripophily Magazine
In addition to the online sources above, the latest December 2013 No.93 issue of Scripophily magazine, published by the International Bond and Share Society, contains the following stories :
  • The birth of the Bank of England
  • The story of two Rhodesian Mining Companies & Jake The Barber
  • Dr. Fred Pearson's Infrastructure Projects Part II 
  • The Malay Peninsula Exploration Syndicate, a story about constructing a canal across the Malaya Peninsula
  • La Nouvelle France or Voyage to the end of the world
  • 1925 - 8% Skoda Loan II, about Chinese government debt
  • Phillips Scripophily Auctions
  • Chinese speculations on Ebay
  • Cox's Corner : Pondering the big hoard
  • Top Thirty record auction prices recorded
  • other periodical topics : society matters, news, bourse reviews, auction reviews, events calendar, member classifieds, book reviews

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Printers : Wild & Beissel

The small certificate shown below is a debenture of an Australian masonic society. It was printed by Wild & Beissel, Printers .

Mordialloc Lodge, No. 258, debenture of 5 pounds, 1925
Mordialloc is a suburb in Melbourne.
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On the left side, the certificate tells us that Wild & Beissel was located at 240 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. They also printed books such as The Australasian Butchers' Manual: A Modern Book of Reference for Butchers, Smallgoodsmen, Bacon Curers, Farmers, Etc  , compiled by William John Trevena and published in 1936. Likely, Wild & Beissel was not a real security printer. I don't remember seeing any other certificates from this printer. If you know of other examples, you can forward a scan for me to include in this post. Any other information about this printer is welcome.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mario Boone - Auction 52

Live Auction with internet bidding facilities

image (double-click to enlarge)

S.A. de la Franc-Maçonnerie Bordelaise
 French masonic society Action de 100 Fr., 1870s

Share certificate of Portugeuse cod fishing company Companhia "A Gaduana" Empresa de Pesca de Bacalhau
Companhia "A Gaduana" Empresa de Pesca de Bacalhau
5 Shares of Esc.500$00, 1922
Portuguese company for fishing cod.

  • Date: 5 April 2013
  • Place: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Further info, see here


Tip for Sun 6 April : International Scripophily Bourse in the same location.