Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This was 2011

2011 was the year of the The Smurfs. This movie brings the blue creatures created by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo alive into a 3D experience. Papa Smurf, Gutsy Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf and the others experienced a crazy adventure in New York City.  

Scripophily Smurf  was too busy to play a role in the movie. 

In 2011 scripophily collectors had something to say online
More scripophily related blogs turn up and there is a good reason for it. People like to tell their story about some research done or an interesting find. In some cases, they enjoy making the news, in this case the scripophily news. Blogging is an excellent way to do this and the tools supporting the blogger can quickly be mastered. Admit it, there is a lot to write about Scripophily.

New blogs noticed :
Some of these blogs are not in English but with the help of Google Translation the fun isn't spoiled.

Google Analytics is another web tool that helps you analyse the web traffic on your blog.
4792 absolute unique visitors were visiting this blog in the period 1 Jan 2011 - 19 Dec 2011 :
roughly 60 to 220 per week.
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Scripophily on Twitter : a gently but firmly participation
Initially some dealers started using Twitter to announce new entries in their stocks. More and more  non commercial information is broadcasted through the Twitter channel as well. Twittering, posting short Twitter messages or tweets, is as easy as pie. Here is a small tip for the twittering collector : add the number sign or hash (#) to your key words in order to let others easily find your tweets. An example : #scripophily.

Returning visitors to this blog make out 30%.
This comes down to about 1400 returning visitors in 2011.
This doesn't mean all of the visitors are collectors.

What about social media platforms ?
Well, LinkedIn, the social media platform for professionals, has a Scripophily group since 2008. It  counts more than 50 members from all over the world. It's first discussion was posted in 2008 but overall activity still remains modest in contrast to the Scripophily groups on Facebook. If you have a LinkedIn account, log in and apply for your membership.

Yes, there is more than one scripophily related Facebook group. Initially these groups generated  hardly any activity at all. This has changed this year. Notable groups are :
Facebook's Scripophily Group counts more than 150 members and the Osmanli Hisse Senetleri group counts more than 320 members with both groups having plenty of activity. Clearly, Scripophily on Facebook gained sufficient momentum to take off. Even some dealers and collectors created their own  Facebook pages.

Newcomer Google+ looks promising but the platform is still too young, so it has not been picked up yet by scripophily enthousiasts.

The German collectors club EDHAC has a Sammlerforum (in German), see here. The forum is conceived as a classic online billboard. Set up in August 2010 the forum is bursting with activity. Well done EDHAC !

About 63% (down 7%) of this blog's visits come from Western Europe and Northern America.
The new number 3 is South-Eastern Asia overtaking Northern Europe (2010 report see here).
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Scripophily on YouTube ?
People can add comments to your YouTube video or link to it from their sites. Yes there is Scripophily on YouTube, however the activity can be compared with that of the LinkedIn group: very, very modest. Currently searching on the keyword scripophily yields about 30 video results. As video is one of the most powerful ways to bring your message, I find this an astonishing low number.

Locations visiting this blog in the period 1 Jan 2011 - 19 Dec 2011 

By staying in touch online, one can connect in the real world.
Ofcourse nothing replaces the real thing of attending a bourse, strolling through a flea market or sharing some thoughts on a share certificate with someone else. But participating in these online channels makes us, collectors, less isolated than we used to be in the past. Scripophily is awaiting a bright future.

By alle means, thank you for the many visits and for the occasional comments which is great feedback to me about my blog posts.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year !


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Book : Terra Australis

  • Title : Terra Australis - An Adventurous Financial History of Australian Shares and Loans / Abenteuer australischer Finanzgeschichte in Aktien und Anleihen
  • Authors : Michael P.A. Liebig
  • ID: ISBN 3-89090-706-7, published by Markt & Technik Verlag AG, 1988
  • Languages : English, German
  • Number of pages : 175
  • Images : black & white, multiple images on almost every page
  • Indexes : no indexes
In this book the author takes the reader on a journey through the historical development of Australia. Many images from share certificates, maps, engravings and other ephemera are included. Certificates seen from the following themes : banking, agriculture, schools, state bonds, textile, tobacco, mining (coal, copper, tin, etc.) , gold, food, oil, railways, transport, forestry, shipping, automobiles, aviation, metal works, film, breweries, sports.
Chapters :
  • A Passage through History
  • The Share conquers Australia
  • 50 Years after James Cook
  • Pressing for Gold
  • Australia under Steam
  • From Hell to Hope
  • Australia becomes mobile
  • Flying Doctors, Cackling of Hens and a School in the Air
  • And to conclude
A must have for the serious collector of Australian scripophily !
Did anyone compile an index of the shares illustrated in this book ?
I would be happy to add the index to this post.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Exhibition : Checks & Balances - Presidents and American Finance

The Museum of American Finance recently opened its new exhibition Checks & Balances : Presidents and American Finance. The exhibit focuses on fiscal policies and budget issues that faced American Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The exposition is on view through November 2012.

George Washington
painting by Charles Peale Polk

 There is also an online section, see here, containing
  • plenty of historical material in PDF format that can be downloaded
  • images of paintings and photographs
  • financial ephemera
  • banknotes
  • bond and share certificates issued to/signed by the presidents
  • confederate state bonds, liberty loan bonds, ...

When you visit the exhibition, do tell us how you experienced it.


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