Hard to find unused original book of the Robert D. Fisher Manual of Valuable and Worthless Securities, Volume 15 issued in 1983. 668 pages.
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The following is from the manual:
Volume 15 of the Fisher Manuals of Valuable & Worthless Securities. This continues the work that was originally started in 1926 by Marvin Scudder, who followed in the footsteps of Roland M. Smythe's ( R.M. Smythe) classic 1904 and 1911 Obsolete American Corporations volumes.
As usual, this volume is arranged in straight alphabetical order. First, there are the Delaware lists from 1975 through 1982. There is also
new research work from 1975 onward. Then, there are updates on a
number of foreign dollar bond issues, as well as issues denominated in
other currencies, contained in the alphabetical sequence. We are grateful
for the Chinese Hukuang Loan entry to Professor H. Park Beck of the City
University of New York and to Mr. W. Kuhlmann, writer and publisher of
"China's Foreign Debt" (1983), in which Dr. Beck's article first appeared.
The entries for all of the other foreign bonds were written by Lawrence
Weinbaum, of Georgetown University, a member of our staff.
Of great value to the researcher, and included here for the first
time, are the names of many defunct New York State corporations which
were removed from the state's records pursuant to a Special Act of rhe
Legislature of 1922. The date of worthlessness for all of these is April 2,
This book does not supercede any previous volume, and it
stands completely on its own for research and reference purposes. We have
prepared a summary of the ways to use the entire scries for the benefit of
The information is arranged in the familiar manner, with the
name of the corporation first, followed by the state of incorporation, and
then a date. The date is the year that the stock became worthless for tax
purposes. In certain cases, there are two dates—the first is included with
the state of incorporation and indicates the year in which the corporation
began. This technique is used to distinguish corporations with the same or
similar names in the same state but existing at different times. Please check
the date on the certificate to be sure that you have gotten the information
you need. All of the securities with numerical titles can be found in a
separate list in the back of the book. The foreign bonds are listed by the
names of their countries.
Volume XV(1983) Continuing the updating, this volume contains the very
important New York list of corporations from the Special
Act of 1922 removing all old and defunct corporations
from the records, as well as Delaware lists from 1975-1982.
Updates on foreign bonds are included in the alphabetical
Since the publication of the last volume in the series, a new
development has occurred in the field of obsolete securities. Beginning with
interest in Europe and then England and the United States, collectors have
become interested in old stock and bond certificates as collectors items, and
not because they may have an underlying financial value. Some of these old
certificates are interesting because of the beautiful vignettes which appear
on them. Others have excellent historical associations. There are others
which may have autographs of famous people of earlier days. The development
of this collecting area has an implication for all obsolete securities
research, since there is now a new way to find value in an old security.
Other factors which have a bearing on value are condition, and rarity.
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