Liquid Air Refrigeration and Power Company (green underprint of a train) - 1899

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Beautiful Stock Certificate from the famous Liquid Air Refrigeration and Power Company issued in 1899.This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a Columbia woman with a shield. This unique item also has a green underprint of a train with smoke coming out of its stack that says " Liquid Air R & PCo." The company had a Cold Blast Patent (which is printed on the train underprint) that was used for the refrigeration of foods on trains for shipping. This item is hand signed by the company's officers and is over 119 years old. LIQUID AIR REFRIGERATION AND POWER COMPANY.Incorporated under the laws of Delaware, in 1899, to manufacture and sell liquid air. Capital authorized, $10,000,000. Agent in Delaware, Corporation Trust Co., of Delaware, Dover. The Secretary of Agriculture was determined from the first to make an exhibit of the fresh dressed meats of the United States as prepared for foreign markets by refrigeration, and also of other fresh animal products, such as dressed poultry, game, and eggs. This effort was made possible by an agreement between the United States Paris Commission and The Liquid Air Refrigeration and Power Company, of Boston, to jointly bear the expense of constructing at Paris a large refrigerator. This was built on Chase's cold-air-blast principle and was maintained throughout the exposition at the cost of the commission. It was a hexagonal structure, 20 feet in greatest diameter, with ice tanks and refrigerating apparatus in the center, and divided into sections, so as to present six show fronts about nine feet square. This display refrigerator was the Only thing of its kind in the entire exposition. It formed a central figure of the American agricultural exhibit and attracted much attention. Many visitors seemed as much interested in the refrigerator itself and its powers of preservation as in the varied products which it at all times contained. Provision was thus made not only for fresh meats and poultry, but for all dairy products and for pickled meats in wood, for lard, hams, bacon, and sausages, which needed protection of this kind during the heat of summer. Arrangements for a periodical supply of fresh meats were made with the Schwarzschild & Sulzberger Beef Company. Dressed beef was supplied from their abattoir at Kansas City and mutton and pork from their New York establishment. This company controlled refrigerated compartments on the steamships of the American Line between the ports of New York and Southampton. The beef company prepared selected quarters and carcasses, took them to Southampton, and held them there in cold storage subject to the order of the representative of this Department. The Department had portable refrigerators made, large enough to hold a side of beef, to carry the meat safely from Southampton to Paris. The American Express Company received the refrigerators on arrival at Paris, conveyed them to the Exposition building within a few yards of the display refrigerator, transferred the meats quickly to the latter, and returned the empty cases to Southampton.