Friday, March 19, 2021

Chicago Board of Trade Members: Bartlett, Frazier & Company

Back in 2012 I was looking for confirmation of a cancel involving a likely Chicago Board of Trade firm with the initials BF&Co.  Turns out there were two major firms during the 1898 period with those initials: Barrett, Farnum & Co., and Bartlett, Frazier & Co.  The 2012 post shows a standard issue Barrett, Farnum cancel with the firm's name spelled out.  Also displayed was a fancier BF & Co initial cancel, which I couldn't confirm was linked to Barrett, Farnum.

David Thompson has a found a Bartlett Frazier sale memo showing that the fancy initials belong to that company.  Problem solved!

Unlike many futures traders today, Bartlett Frazier was a real grain company, with extensive elevator  and milling capabilities.  

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