It has been a few years since I've searched the web for stock exchange history from the 1898-1902 period. A few days ago, prompted by the new pile of Eames & Moore memos, I discovered, through Google, a volume called The Stock Exchange in Caricature, published in 1904. Like King's Views of The New York Stock Exchange, the volume features brokers, bankers, and players of the New York financial scene. But unlike King's, there are no photos. Instead, we have drawings in caricature, accompanied by what the publisher refers to as "quatrains", but which in many instances are examples of doggerel. Whatever the case, the volume is a rather quaint monument to the egos of those caricatured. I invite you to follow the link and check out the "private collection of caricatures, cartoons, and character sketches of members of the New York Stock Exchange."
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
A few days ago, a package arrived at the front door from David Thompson in Texas with a cache of broker memos. To most this would not be very exciting. But I'm pumped! Dave has retained what must be the pick of pile, but what's left provides a great cross-section of the NYSE in 1900.
Virtually all of the memos are from sales to the brokerage house of Eames and Moore, mostly with $1 and $2 values attached and the occasional $5. Thanks David! Please continue to come to this site to see more in the coming weeks and months.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Readers that know this website well know the tendencies of my 1898 collecting interests. Those interests have not, so far, included proprietary handstamp cancels. The proprietary printed cancels are another matter, and there are many examples of those on this site, and in the future, likely to be many more.
Bob Mustacich's Battleship Revenue Stamps siteAfter being away from the hobby and the site for several years it is exciting to see some of the new work that is going on in the 1898 world, particularly regarding the handstamped proprietaries. Bob Mustacich's Battleship Desk Reference (BDR) has been a go to guide for identifying cancels on the proprietary stamps over the years. But a new project called BDR2 is now underway, led by Bob and a host of contributors including Malcolm Goldstein, Timothy Kohler, Paul Reese, Frank Sente, and Duane Skeen. The new BDR, currently under development and available online, includes images and historical information, providing for a richer experience when viewing and using the database. The historical emphasis of the 1898 Revenues blog, and the work of Malcolm Goldstein that started online here, can now be found in a more rigorous database. Thanks to all of you working on this.
Navigation to the site is not immediately evident for now when going to Bob's site. The best way to find it is to click on the U.S. Revenue Stamps tab at the top of the page. You will get a drop down that includes the above directory if you click on Proprietary, then Battleships, then BDR2. A shortcut is here.
A synopsis of the project is available and a link to the database called "Directory". Once you click on Directory you can find material like that below.
I'm just getting familiar with this new site and project. More later as I begin to link it to some of the work I expect to do here at 1898 Revenues.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021