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Stock and Bond Show to be Held This October in New York

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Scott Winslow Associates, Inc

Stock and Bond Show To Be Held This October In New York

Dear Collector:

We’re pleased to announce that a stock and bond show devoted exclusively to stocks and bonds will be held in the fall. A bourse will be held on Friday, October 21st and Saturday October 22nd, 2011 at Museum of American Finance in New York City. A superb location, the Museum is located very near to the NYSE, Federal Hall and many other lower Manhattan attractions. John Herzog is promoting the event so those dealers and collectors familiar with the old Strasburg shows can expect the same well run, friendly atmosphere which were their trademark. For further information, please email

Below you’ll find a selection of newly acquired stocks and bonds which may be of interest to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 800-225-6233 or via return email.


Scott Winslow

Rio Grande Southern Company Bond Signed as President by Otto Mears

riogrande40491.gif1890, Colorado. $1,000 Bond bearing 5% interest. Orange/Black. Engraved vignette of a steam locomotive at bottom center. Homer Lee Bank Note Company, N.Y. Attached page of coupons. Signed as president by Otto Mears (1840-1931). Colorado pioneer and roadbuilder. Mears opened up portions of mining regions previously inaccessible to the masses by constructing toll roads. He was instrumental in the construction of the Rio Grande Southern and other Colorado railroads. Founded in 1889, the Rio Grande Southern was constructed to circumvent the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains to reach the mining region which included the towns of Telluride and Rico. A choice railroad bond signed by this important western figure. Uncancelled and Extremely Fine. $450

New Mexico Mining Company

1870, New Mexico Territory. Stock certificate for 50 shares. Black. Superb large engraved vignette of miners working a sluice at top center. This company was the first mining company incorporated in New Mexico. Folds. Light dampstaining at upper right corner. Uncancelled and fine. $245



Cincinnati, Richmond & Fort Wayne Railroad Co. Signed by Samuel J. Tilden

1871, Indiana. Stock certificate for 2,000 shares. Red with attached adhesive revenue stamp at lower left. Vignette at top center of a steam locomotive. Signed by Samuel Tilden to lower right. Samuel J. Tilden (1814-1886). Railroad builder; Lawyer; Statesman. While a prominent New York lawyer heavily involved in representing both corporate and reform interests, Tilden is best known for his loss to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the 1876 presidential election. Although Tilden won the popular vote in this election, Hayes was declared the winner by a Congressional committee, thereby setting off a bitter controversy which lasted for years. Pen cancellation not affecting Tilden’s signature. Fine. $275


Plant Investment Company Stock Signed as President by Henry B. Plant

1886. New Haven, Connecticut. Stock certificate for 30 shares of The Plant Investment Company. Engraved portrait vignette of Henry Plant. Signed as president of the company by Henry Bradley Plant (1819 – 1899). Involved with many transportation projects, mostly railroads, in the U.S. state of Florida. Eventually he owned the Plant System of railroads which became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Plant City, located near Tampa, was named after him. A very scarce certificate. $1,500


Lake Copper Company Stock Issued to and Signed on Verso by Walter Camp, The “Father of American Football”

1922, Michigan. Stock certificate for 8 shares. Green\Black. Engraved vignette of seated Liberty with workers in the background. Issued to and signed on verso by Walter Camp (1859 – 1925). American football player, coach, and sports writer known as the “Father of American Football”. With John Heisman, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Pop Warner, Fielding H. Yost, and George Halas, Camp was one of the most accomplished persons in the early history of American football. The first such certificate we’ve seen signed by this football legend. Light punch and stamp cancellations not affecting Camp’s signature. Extremely Fine. $1,750


Extremely Rare St. Louis And St. Joseph Railway Bond Signed by William Taussig

stlouis581.gif1872, Missouri. $1,000 bond bearing 7% interest. Black/Orange. Vignette of a steam locomotive at top center. Litho. Signed as president by WILLIAM TAUSSIG (1826 – 1913), Businessman, physician, civic leader. He managed the business affairs associated with building the Eads Bridge and its later operation. Taussig joined James B. Eads in the project to construct a bridge across the Mississippi River. At the first meeting of the executive committee of the Illinois & St. Louis Bridge & Tunnel Company he was appointed chairman, and from that time until his retirement in 1896 managed the vast interests connected with the bridge and tunnel. The only other enterprise with which he was identified during that time was the North Missouri Railway Company, of which he served two years as director. In July 1874, upon completion of the bridge, he was appointed general manager of the St. Louis Bridge Company, the Tunnel Railroad Company, the Union Railway & Transit Company, and the Union Depot Company, all of which interests were finally, by lease and purchase, combined under the general ownership and control of the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis. This association made Taussig its president in 1889, and from that time forward until the date of its completion he devoted himself to the perfection of a railroad terminal system for St. Louis and to the building of the Union Depot.

This is the first of this bond we recall having and was the sole example which surfaced from an estate. Folds. Complete coupons. Uncancelled and Fine. $575

Best Telephone Manufacturing Company

1897, Baltimore, Maryland. Stock certificate for 50 shares. Black. Vignette of an early telephone. A nice telephone stock with early equipment vignette. File hole punches at top. Uncancelled and Very Fine. $125


NABISCO Specimen

Specimen. New York. Stock certificate for 100 shares. Purple/Black. Engraved vignette of the company logo flanked
by Allegorical figures. Printed by Security Bank Note Company. A choice certificate from this iconic brand name company. Four punch holes at bottom. Choice condition.


Ritchie Coal Oil Company

1865, Virginia. Stock certificate for 20 shares. Black. Vignette of an early oilfield scene. Litho. Attached adhesive revenue stamp. Couple of small areas of ink erosion in text. Folds. Fine. $245


New York and Greenwood Lake Railway Company Stock Issued to Drexel, Morgan & Co.

1881, New Jersey. Stock certificate for 76 shares. Orange/Black. Vignette of a steam locomotive. Litho. Franklin Eng. & Printing Co., New York. Issued to Drexel, Morgan & Company and endorsed on verso by Morgan partner Walter B. Horn. Incorporated in 1878, the road was formed through a combination of the Montclair Railway to Jersey City and the Montclair and Greenwood Lake Railroad from Montclair to Greenwood Lake, New Jersey. Folds. Light punch cancelled. Fine. $125


Central Oil Run Petroleum Company

1865, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Vignette of an oilfield scene. Litho. Theo. Leonhardt, Philadelphia. Attached adhesive revenue stamp. Folds. Uncancelled and Fine. $245


Issued to and Signed by Jimmy Cagney

1967, Delaware. Stock certificate for 20 shares of General Foods Corporation. Brown/Black. Engraved vignette of allegorical figures flanking the company logo. American Bank Note Company. Issued to and signed on verso by James Francis Cagney, Jr. (1899 – 1986). Iconic American film actor, know for for his roles in such classics as The Public Enemy, Yankee Doodle Dandy and many others. The only certificate signed by Cagney we’ve had. Folds. Lightly punch cancelled. Fine. $350


Indiana Southern Railway Company Bond Signed by Samuel Tilden as Trustee

1866, Indiana. $1,000 bond bearing 7% interest. Black with Green overprint. Litho. Major & Knapp, New York. Attached red seal at lower left. Coupons below. Signed as trustee on verso by . Samuel J. Tilden (1814-1886). Railroad builder; Lawyer; Statesman. While a prominent New York lawyer heavily involved in representing both corporate and reform interests, Tilden is best known for his loss to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the 1876 presidential election. Although Tilden won the popular vote in this election, Hayes was declared the winner by a Congressional committee, thereby setting off a bitter controversy which lasted for years. Folds. Uncancelled and Very Fine. $245


Colorado Midland Railway Company

1897, Colorado. $1000 Bond bearing 4% interest. Olive/Black. Orange embossed Briish revenue. Large engraved vignette of a riverside train station with mountains in the background flaned by female figures. 1 ½ pages of attached coupons. Uncancelled and Extremely Fine. $175


Big Fork and International Falls Railway Company

1918, Minnesota. Stock certificate for 1 share. Black/Gold. Vignette of a steam locmotive. Litho. Signed by Thomas Cooper as president. Chartered in 1906 and controlled by the Northern Pacific Railway, the company independently operated over 33 miles of track from Grand Falls to International Falls, Minnesota. One of only 15 that were found issued. Lightly punch cancelled and Extremely Fine. $175


Shields River Valley Railway Company

1909, Montana. Stock certificate for 98 shares. Black/Green. Vignette of a spread-eagle at top center. Litho. The Pioneer Press, St. Paul. Signed by Howard Elliott as president. The company was formed in 1908 and operated a line from Mission to Wilsall, Montana. It was sold to and merged into the NPRR on June 23, 1914.One of only 12 that were found issued. Lightly pen and punch cancelled. Extremely Fine. $175


Bear Creek and Western Railway Company

1911, Montana. Stock certificate for 1 share. Green\Black. Vignette of an eagle at top center. Litho. The Pioneer Press. St. Paul. Less than 20 found issued. Lighly punch cancelled and Extremely Fine. $175


The Voice of the Women’s Movement! Stock certificate of the Woman’s Journal Signed by Reformer Henry Blackwell

womansjournal32.gif1870, Massachusetts. Stock certificate for 1 share of The Proprietors of The Woman’s Journal corporation. Black. Litho. 9 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (including attached stub). Signed as treasurer by Henry Blackwell (1825 – 1909). American social and economic reformer, cofounded the Republican Party, and the American Woman Suffrage Association, publisher of the Woman’s Journal with his wife Lucy Stone.

Founded in 1870 by Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell, The Woman’s Journal, which espoused the moderated philosophy of the American Association’s women’s movement, was the most influential voice in the struggle to grant women their right to vote. While another leading women’s journal of the times, The Revolution, which rejected the National Association’s more aggressive and radical views on women’s rights, ceased publication in 1872 due to lack of funds, The Woman’s Journal remained the foremost advocate of the women’s rights movement.

Under the devoted leadership of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, as well as Julia Ward Howe, Mary A. Livermore, Thomas W. Higginson, and Henry Ward Beecher, the American Association was consistently conservative and believed that patience, hard work, and education – not aggressive confrontation, which the National Association promoted – would result in their achieving their goals. As stated in the masthead of The Woman’s Journal: “The Woman’s Journal is devoted to the interests of WOMAN, to her educational, industrial, legal and political equality, and especially to her RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE.” The journal was published weekly in Boston, Chicago and St. Louis.

An excerpt from Harper’s Weekly in 1872 assessed the Journal as “a fair and attractive paper in appearance; while the variety and spirit of its articles, and the dignity, self-respect, good humor and earnestness of its tone will show how profoundly mistaken are those who suppose that folly and extravagance are necessarily characteristic of the discussion of the question” (of women’s rights).

Lucy Stone was far ahead of her time in her struggle for women’s rights. Although her father, a well-to-do farmer and tanner who believed that men were divinely ordained to rule over women, refused for many years to allow her to have a college education. Lucy was determined to educate herself learning Greek and Hebrew in order to better interpret the Bible. An advocate of the Anti-Slavery cause, she lectured regularly on the issue. Lucy met Henry Blackwell , also an activist in the Anti-Slavery movement and a supporter of women’s suffrage, in 1853. When they married, she kept her maiden name because she felt that “a woman’s abandonment of her name upon taking a husband was symbolic of her loss of individuality.” Following their marriage, the couple campaigned in Kansas on behalf of state amendments extending suffrage to women and Negro men. In 1870 they assumed the editorship of The Woman’s Journal, which they continued for the rest of their lives. Their daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, became editor upon her father’s death in 1909.

The Journal, to which the family invested their total energies throughout their lives, has remained a most authoritative historical record of women’s rights; its historical, political and social significance cannot be overstated.

Uncancelled and Fine. $400

J. Pierpont Morgan Signs For George Peabody Appointing His Proxy For An Election of Directors of the Syracuse, Binghampton & New York Railroad


J. PIERPONT MORGAN, (1837-1913). Financier. Probably the most prolific and powerful banker in American Financial history, J. Pierpont Morgan epitomized the financial genius, courage and flair that made possible many of the most important financings of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Document Signed. 1 page. December 4, 1866. Partly-printed proxy of “James Tinker …to vote for as my proxy at any election of Directors of the Syracuse, Binghampton & New York Railroad Co. “. Morgan signs at the conclusion “George Peabody by his atty. J. Pierpont Morgan. A fine document signed by Morgan early in his career on behalf of prominent banker George Peabody. Fine. $1,250


Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Mount Joy and Lancaster Railroad Company Stock Signed by Thomas A. Scott

harrisburg5494.gif1875, Pennsylvania. Stock certificate for 63 shares. Black. Extraordinary engraved multi-vignetted certificate (10 vignettes!) depicting very early primitive steam locomotives, seated female figures, William Penn and Benjamin Franklin, Man and Woman farmers, eagle and Pennsylvania state seal. This is among the finest early railroad stocks we have ever encountered. Signed as president by THOMAS A. SCOTT, (1823 – 1881). Railroad executive. In August 1861, based on his previous railroad experience, Scott was appointed assistant secretary of war with responsibility for supervising all government railways and transportation lines, and brought with him in this position his personal secretary, Andrew Carnegie. In mid-1862, Scott left this position to begin an extended and brilliant career with the Pennsylvania Railroad, becoming president of that line in June 1874. Scott was president of numerous other railroads during his career as well, among them the Union Pacific 1871-72, and the Texas & Pacific (1872-80). Scott is well known for his attempt at monopolizing the transportation of the oil regions via the South Improvement Company. This was essentially a battle against John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company interests which sparked a bitter struggle resulting in victory for the vast oil empire. Failing to defeat Rockefeller at his own game, Scott liquidated the company in the spring of 1872.

A Fine example of this graphic classic! Lightly punch cancelled. Very Fine. $450

Philadelphia Bourse Stock Issued to and Signed on the Attached Stub by Publisher Cyrus Curtis

1892, Pennsylvania. Stock certificate for 4 shares. Green/Black. Attractive triple vignette at top center of the Pennsylvania State Seal flanked by a sailing ship and steam locomotive. Litho. This was a grain trading exchange. Issued to and signed on the attached stub by Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis (1850 – 1933) was an American publisher of magazines and newspapers. He founded the Curtis Publishing Company in 1891, its publications included the Ladies’ Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. Cut cancelled with all paper intact. Curtis’ signature is uncancelled. Very Fine. $1,250


Syndicate Gold Mining Company

1899, Spokane, Washington. Stock certificate for 1200 shares. Black/Gold. Vignette of a mining scene at top center. Litho. John W. Graham & Co., Spokane, Wash. $125


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