Beautifully engraved certificate from the Merchants Union Express Co. issued
in 1867. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a horse drawn express carriage with a ship and warehouse in the background. This item is hand signed by the Company’s President and Secretary and is
over 143 years old.
In 1867, the Merchants Union Express Company entered the express industry. The company duplicated a significant portion of the territory controlled by American Express. After spending money to create an express network, the Merchants Union faced an all-out price war. Within a matter of months, the Merchants Union lost the better part of $20 million--its paid in capital. Although American Express could probably have won if the conflict persisted, the incumbent's own losses were severe enough so that it chose to buy out the Merchants Union with an issuance of new stock.
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