Monday, August 17, 2015

Digest of scripophily readings XVII

New online scripophily articles and references, August 2015

Don Mesler's blog
A retired stockbroker, investment adviser, and convertible bond trader, Don Mesler has examined innumerable stock and bond certificates. With more than 25 years of collecting experience, he has an eye for distinct themes and vignettes in US scripophily. Something you can witness on his sleekly designed Scripophile blog, see here. Don recently teamed up with Lawrence Falater (author of American Automobile Certificates) to co-author American Brewers Stock and Bond Certificates. Thank you for sharing all these beauties, Don, happy to follow along !

Annuaire Desfossés
In 1907, E. Desfossés & Fabre Frères, Paris, started publishing a yearly directory, the Annuaire Desfossés. These manuals describe local and international securities, issued by governments, municipalities and companies, and traded on the French interbank market. Information included with the entries :  nationality, date of establishment, object, registered office, duration, social capital, detail of the distribution of profits, names of directors, highest and lowest quotations, authorized amount, issue amount, nominal value, interest coupon due, and much more.

Annuaire Desfossés, excertp from the large table of contents 1907 edition
Annuaire Desfossés
Valeurs Cotées en Banque à la Bourse de Paris
excerpt from the large table of contents, 1907 edition 

From 1912 the editor included also the values ​traded ​on the official stock market. Twenty years later, in 1932, regional securities from the provincial exchanges, over-the-counter ​and a large number of colonial values were added to the directory. Following an agreement between the Société Anonyme Cote Desfossés and the Société d’Éditions Économiques et Financières (SEF), a single directory is published annually, from 1950 until 1981, under the name Desfossés-SEF. It consists of two volumes. The first includes a section on loans and information related to corporate law. The second includes records on companies. Source : Centre des Archives Économiques et Financières (CAEF) 

The first four editions of the directory have been digitized by Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. You can query and download the books for the years 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1910, right here . Once on the page, open up a book from the list by clicking its title. When the book opens up in your browser, you'll find a link to download (in French: Téléchargement). Accepting the usage conditions, click "Envoyer" (send) after which a PDF file is being prepared for you. The files can be easily searched for keywords in French, e.g. "Mexique" or "mine d'or".

Scripophily magazine featuring Million Dollar Bank certificate

Scripophily magazine
In addition to the online sources above, the last April 2015 No.97 issue of Scripophily magazine contains the following stories :
  • Life among the aggregators, about "auction house aggregator" companies and their online databases
  • Stocks on stamps
  • US war bonds
  • Warner Company, profile and history
  • The world's first investment trust, The Million Bank , 17th-18th century banking in Great Britain
  • Scripophily and the first American colony in Cuba
  • Trust this bank , a historic overview of US trust companies and banking
  • French annuities (18th century)
  • The railroad that run for only one day , about the Lawrenceburgh & Indianapolis Rail-Road Company
  • Mucha do about securities (Alfonse Mucha)
  • Cox's Corner : Upside-down is the new normal, reflections about abnormal pricing situations
  • other periodical topics : society matters, news, bourse reviews, auction reviews, events calendar, member classifieds, book reviews, interviews and lots of pictures of collector friends and scripophily

Scripophily magazine is a publication from the International Bond & Share Society.

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