Beautifully engraved specimen from the American Beverage Corporation
printed in 1934. This historic document was printed by Hamilton Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, E. C. McCullough and Secretary, H. G. Kosch and is over 72 years old.
AMERICAN BEVERAGE CORP: Incorporated in Delaware, June 19, 1928. Manufactured and sold a number of well-known beverages. Owned 1,369 shares of preferred and entire common stock of Carl H. Schultz Corp. and entire capital stock of Schoneberger & Noble, Inc., and Brownie Corp. Plant, located in Brooklyn, N. Y. and owned by Ronaldo Realty Corp. and C. H. Schultz Corp., has 140,000 square feet of floor space.
Corporation had a 21-year lease on property with option to purchase within five-year period ending June, 1934, the purchase price being practically the cost of the property plus improvement, etc. Number of employees in Jan., 1932, about 155.
MANAGEMENT: OFFICERS: E. C. McCullough, Pres.; W. M. Shuster, Vice-Pres.; H. G. Kosch, Sec. and Gen. Counsel; R. J. Foresman, Treas. and Asst. Sec. DIRECTORS: H. G. Kosch, E. C. McCullough, W. M. Shuster, D. I Haynes, R. J. Foresman, M. H. Reuben, D. J. Killian. GENERAL AUDITOR: A. L. Bilchik.
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