Stock certificate from the Studebaker Corporation
for shares of Common Stock. This document has a beautiful Vignette of The First Studebaker Shop with a horse and shed. The highly desirable Certificate has an ornate border around it with the printed signatures of the Company's and Secretary. This certificate was issued in 1947 and is over 73 years old.
The Studebaker brothers made the determined march from village blacksmith to industrial giant.
In 1852 Henry and Clem Studebaker opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana. By the Civil War the shop
was supplying wagons to the U.S. Army. In 1868 four of the brothers established the Studebaker Brothers
Manufacturing Company. Despite setbacks, the Company grew to be the largest wagon factory in the world,
delivering on its motto, "Always give more than you promise."
As the 20th Century dawned, Studebaker began building both electric and gasoline
powered automobiles. After supplying wagons for the Allies during World War I,
Studebaker put all its resources into automotive manufacturing. From the 1920s until its closing in 1966, Studebaker
Automotive was a leader in styling and engineering. Many of the famous designs that rolled off the South Bend
assembly lines are now an important part of our country's automotive history.
The legacy lives on
Studebaker was the only company to span the time from settlers'
wagons to high performance automobiles.