Friday, June 24, 2016

Scripophily magazine celebrates 100 issues

The "World Auction Sales" table in Scripophily magazine reports the performances of auctions over the preceding period. Auctions are measured by the number of lots offered, sell ratio and the corresponding turnover. Also, included is eBay as an auction platform. Did you know that, over the period Dec 2015 - Feb 2016, the average lot price recorded in eBay's scripophily section was €14 in Europe, and €23 in the US (*).
(*) after applying cleansing operations on the data, such as eliminating double counted lots, because some auctioneers sell simultaneously through eBay

Scripophily magazine No. 100 - April 2016
Scripophily magazine No. 100 - April 2016

Scripophily magazine was first published in 1982 under the name The Bond & Share Society Journal. In April 2016 the International Bond & Share Society honoured the joyous occasion of the journal's hundredth publication with a separate 44-page commemorative section, printed nostalgically in black and white on A5 paper size. The magazine has come a long way. Editor Max Hensley explains:
A technological advance of great importance for Scripophily (magazine) has been the Internet. The Dec 2015 issue contained an article written in Turkey, edited in the US and composed in the UK, all within weeks. This would have been impossible before the internet.
Editor Max adds that today, the magazine appears on high quality paper, articles are longer and brought with more images in full color. Journals from the 1990s contained an average of 5 auction reports whereas now the issue reports about twenty to thirty auctions. Every issue was produced " .. without paying a penny for content."

" The hollow surprise of the Londonderry Gold Mine is one
of the articles from the commemorative section in Scripophily
magazine, written by Anne Marie Hendy. It reads like Harry Potter."
, says this unshaven blogger.

As usual, this issue brings society matters, market news, bourse reviews, auction reviews, an events calendar, member classifieds, book reviews, interviews and lots of pictures of collector friends and bonds and shares. The commemorative section contains the following set of snapshots from the first two decades :
  • Out of the ordinary bonds in out of the way auction, a comic essay
  • The formation of British companies to 1856
  • Further "nuggets" from Western Australia : The hollow surprise of the Londonderry Gold Mine
  • Coastal shipping - a brief, about British coastal shipping scripophily
  • The expensive business of raising railway loans : the Shanghai-Nanking Loan Agreement
  • The "Train Renard"
  • Auction reports, reports on the F.H.W. and Witula auctions from 1992
  • Dome and Lakeshore - two top Ontario gold mines
  • Trillion $$$ Standard Oil stock comes home !
  • UK Tramways - a neglected field of scripophily
  • The King George's Sound Company - the American/Chinese fur trade in 1785
  • Philoscripy? Bonditry? Shyloxis? , explains the origins of the word scripophily
  • Dangerous Edison forgeries on the market
  • HP Magazin, a summary from HP magazine Jan 1996
  • Share companies in Soviet Russia
  • A major art thief signs shares, the story of Arsène Goedertier and the Plantexel  company
  • The man who robbed the Robber Barrons, about William Mann, founder of the Mann's Boudoir Car Company
  • Otto Mears, Colorado railroad pioneer
  • Art Nouveau-Jugendstil
  • Scripophily in Tokyo
  • Go West, yunger Mann ! , German immigrants in Texas
Scripophily magazine is a publication from IBSS .


No comments:

Post a Comment