Based upon many requests, we have put together an eleven certificate package spanning over 100 years. Each certificate is from a different decade, beginning in the 1880's. This is a package most collectors can only dream about.
The companies included in this 10 certificate package are the West Shore Railroad Company - 475 Year Bond (1880's), Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St Louis Railway Company - 100 Year Gold Bond (1890's), Lehigh and Lake Erie Railroad Company - Gold Bond (1900's), New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Company - Gold Debenture (1910's), Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Company - Refunding Mortgage Bond (1920's), New York Central Railroad Company - Stock Certificate (1930's), Pennsylvania Railroad Company - Gold Bond (1940's), United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company - Mortgage Bond (1950's), Pennsylvania Railroad Company - Stock Certificate (1960's) , Penn Central Railway Company - Stock Certificate (1970's). These historic documents have different vignettes and are described more fully on our website. The certificates above normally sell for $259.95 if you buy them separately from our already discounted prices, but we are offering this collection in our 100 Years of Railroads - GIFT OF HISTORY Railroad Package for substantially less! PLUS, we are adding a special bonus certificate from the famous Pine Creek Railway Company issued in 1885. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignettes of a farmer, a woman holding a scale and a train. This item is hand signed by William K. Vanderbilt and Chancey Depew . It is over 118 years old. There are 2 - 3 small cancellation holes through the signatures. This wonderful piece of history is over 118 years old. Certificate signed by Vanderbilt and Depew
William K. Vanderbilt (1849-1920) Grandson of Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, the shipping and railroad tycoon whose acquisitions created the family fortune, William Kissam Vanderbilt inherited his position as a railroad executive but forged his own reputation as a leading yachtsman and a breeder of champion racehorses, traditions that would long remain a part of the Vanderbilt legacy. His Father was William Henry Vanderbilt Born in 1821, the Commodore's eldest son. William Henry Vanderbilt inherited a large portion of his father's estate. Generally viewed as a thorough and industrious worker, he more than doubled this fortune in eight years. While his father had lived modestly, William Vanderbilt began the tradition of interest in architecture and the fine arts. He died in 1885, leaving a widow, Maria Louisa Kissam, and their eight children including George Washington Vanderbilt. DEPEW, Chauncey Mitchell, a Senator from New York; born in Peekskill, N.Y., April 23, 1834; attended private schools; was graduated from the Peekskill Military Academy in 1852 and from Yale College in 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice at Peekskill, N.Y., in 1859; member, State assembly 1861-1862; secretary of State of New York 1863; appointed United States Minister to Japan by President Andrew Johnson, was confirmed by the Senate, but declined; unsuccessful candidate for election as lieutenant governor in 1872; colonel and judge advocate of the fifth division of the New York National Guard 1873-1881; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1881; appointed president of the New York Central Hudson River Railroad Co. 1885-1899, and later became chairman of the board of directors of that railroad system; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1888; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1899; reelected in 1905 and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States (Fifty-seventh through Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico (Sixty-first Congress); resumed his legal and corporate business pursuits in New York City, where he died on April 5, 1928; interment in Hillside Cemetery, Peekskill, N.Y.
This certificate normally has sold alone for $99.95, but we are including it in our GIFT OF HISTORY - Railroad Package Special for a limited time only. The total retail value of this package for all 11 certificates is $359.95 that you can buy for $179.95
Special Bonus Certificate signed by William K. Vanderbilt
The 11 historic documents included in this package were printed by the American Banknote Company (9)and the Security - Columbian Banknote Company (1) and they all have ornate borders around it with different vignettes. These items are either hand signed or they have printed signatures of the company's officers and they range in age from 31 to 116 years old. This is a great package you won't want to miss!