Beautifully engraved certificate #1 from the Houseboat on the Styx, Inc issued in 1928. This historic document was printed by Goes and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a woman. This item has the signatures of the Company's President, A E Jacob and Secretary, John J. Watts and is over 77 years old.
This company was named after the book, Houseboat on the Styx was written by John Kendrick Bangs. It was a 1896 collection of humorous sketches featuring the "shades" or ghosts of famous literary characters. A Houseboat On The Styx" is a floating gentleman's club. The concept plays out figures such as Shakespeare, Darwin, Barnum, Dr. Johnson, even biblical figures, in humorous and witty banter amongst themselves regarding vogue-ish subjects of the day.