New Michael Mahler Book Available for Free Download

Our member, Michael Mahler has provided a copy of his latest book: New York Stamp Taxes on Bonds 1910-1920.  You can find it in the Publications section or you can go directly to the download by pressing here.

Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting

The information related to the 2019 Annual General Meeting is now available for members.  Please note this is in the members only area.

To review the Agenda, please click here.

Updated Scripophily Buying Guide

Max Hensley has updated his article on buying scripophily.  You can access the article here.

New Article on Chinese Railway Bonds and Shares added

Peter Crush has generously shared with us an extensive publication on Chinese Railway Bonds and Shares

For a link to this interesting article and for more information on Peter, please click here.

Terry Cox shares the secret of handling word files with embedded images

The latest issue of Scripophily contained a call out box about a submitted article that could not be used because the images were embedded in the test.

Here is Terry’s solution to dealing with this problem.

  1. Word files have an extension of “.docx.” Rename the file from “.docx” to “.zip.”
  2. Extract the contents like any other zip file. The extraction will create several folders.
  3. One of the folders is named “word.” Inside that folder is a folder named “media.” That is where images live in their native forms. Copy files and use normally.




Norwegian Scripophily Announces Spring Auction

Our colleagues from the Norwegian Scripophily Soeciety (http://aksjebrev.com) have announced their spring auction will take place on May 4th.

If you wish to receive a pdf catalog of the sale, please email Oddvar Walle Jensen at: owallejensen@gmail.com

Certificate of the week (April 22, 2019)

Scan courtesy Matthias Schmitt. This is Lot 635 in his upcoming auction (www.HWPH.de)

Click on Image for a larger version

IRON BRIDGE: 20 October 1777, Founder’s Share of £ 50, no number, 16.5 x 19.7 cm, printed on vellum, folds, lower part trimmed, wax seal vanished, condition VF, only 64 Shares were isused, issued to Edward Blakeway, signed by Abraham Darby III, John Wilkinson, and Edward Harries. The Iron Bridge is the symbol for the Industrial Revolution and UNESCO World Heritage! The Share of the Iron Bridge is one of the Top 10 Scripophily trophies! R10!

Abraham Darby I (1676 – 1717) first smelted local iron ore with coke made from Coalbrookdale coal in 1709. Shropshire became a centre for industry due to the low price of fuel from local mines in the coming decades. The usage of hard coal instead of charcoal created the basis for the mass production of pig iron. This was a major step in the industrial revolution. Abraham Darby III, grandson of Abrahm Darby I, produced the first cast-iron rails for railway in 1767. The River Severn was used as a key trading route, but it was also a barrier to travel around the deep Severn Gorge. The nearest bridge to travel between the industrial town of Broseley and the smaller mining town of Madeley was at Buildwas two miles away. The iron bridge was therefore proposed to be a helpful link. In 1773, architect Thomas Farnolls suggested building a bridge out of cast iron. In 1775, a subscription of between three and four thousand pounds was raised, and Abraham Darby III, an ironmaster working at Coalbrookdale, was appointed treasurer to the project. The Act to build a bridge received Royal Assent in March 1776. Abraham Darby III was commissioned to cast and build the bridge. The masonry and abutments were constructed between 1777 and 1778. The ribs were lifted into place in the summer of 1779. The bridge first spanned the river on 2 July 1779. It was opened to traffic on 1 January 1781. The company for Building a Bridge across the River Severn was founded in 1777. There were a total of 64 Shares issued at £ 50 each. The proceedings of £3,200 were the estimated cost of the bridge. 15 Shares were subscribed by Abrahm Darby III, 12 Shares were subscribed by John Wilkinson (1728 – 1808, important figure in the industrial revolution and owner of businesses in the area), 10 Shares were bought by Edward Harries (he owned the Benthall Estate including the approaches to the Bridge on the east side of the river), and Edward Blakeway (1719 – 1811, brother-in-law of John Wilkinson, a wealthy Shrewsbury businessman) subscribed for two Shares. Darby, Wilkinson and Harries signed the offered share certificate and Edward Blakeway was the shareholder.


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