What? you say, never heard of it. I did not until a few years ago when my buddy passed away. In the collection of stuff I recovered from his storage locker was some old papers and Mining Memorabilia. After doing some research I discovered that Scripophily is the study and collection of stock and bond certificates, a specialized field of numismatics Scripophily is an interesting area of collecting due to both the inherent beauty of some historical documents as well as the interesting historical context of each document. Some of these stock certificates are excellent examples of engraving.
I purchased some additional sets on ebay and was thinking I would “get into it” …I bought a few hundred at various times and resold some others. Yesterday, I was doing some deeper cleaning of my desk and dug out the stuff that I had squirreled away years ago. As I am continuing to pare down my belongings, I spent some time yesterday and today putting some of these up for sale on Ebay as well as Esty. The really fine examples I have listed on Etsy and a big lot of 75 on ebay.
If you looking for a new artistic hobby You should check it out.
One of the common themes in many of these engravings are half naked men (gods) with laurel head bands, industrial hammers, anvils, factories etc. The one from ITT International Telephone and Telegraph features a dude holding a vacuum tube with “atomic” swirls around it, in the back ground building with Rockets launching from them…its so 60’s is it not?
1950’s era Steamship company Serving my old stomping grounds of the Great lakes.