Beautifully engraved Certificate from the Tabard Inn Book Company issued in 1913. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a wonderful vignette of the Old Inn from the 19th Century. This item has the hand signature of the company's president and treasurer. It is over 104 years old.
The Inn was named after the famous Tabard Inn from Shakespearean Times. In the 1590's, Southwark was a suburb, across the Thames from London. As such, it was home to everything that was prohibited in London. While this includes such disreputable amusements as bear-baiting, Southwark is remembered mostly as the site of the public theatres, like Shakespeare's Globe (public theatres were also not permitted in London). (The Globe itself was not built until 1599, however; until then, Shakespeare's plays were being performed at the Theatre.)
Southwark was also the home of many honest citizens, and a popular stopping point for anyone traveling across London Bridge. The Tabard Inn, with a centuries-old reputation, thus hosted a variety of travelers, as well as its own regular clientele.
Poor's Manual of Industrials: Manufacturing, Mining, and Miscellaneous Companies - 1913
Incorporated in West Virginia in 1908, this company originally conducted a book selling business and operated (under lease) the branch libraries of the Booklovers' Corporation, namely: The Booklovers' Library and The Tabard Inn Library. By exchange of stock in 1912, The Tabard Inn Book Co., came into ownership of about one-third of the outstanding shares of the Tabard Inn Corporation, over one-half of the outstanding shares of The Booklovers Corporation, and practically all of the outstand. ing shares of The Booklovers Library of New York (see page 1060). The company also owns 500 shares of preferred and 1,500 shares of common, out of a total capital of 5,000 shares of The American Commonwealth Co.
The Booklovers Corporation, which was a holding company, has discontinued busines. The stock of The Tabard Inn Book Co., which it held to the amount of $74,895 was purchased by The Tabard Inn Book Co. For further information regarding The BookloversCor poration and the Tabard Inn Corporation, see Manual of Industrials for 1912, page 17"
Operations.-The Booklovers Library had, April 9, 1913, 600 fully equipped and estab: lished branches in druggist shops and book stores, hotels and on The Cunard Steamships The United Fruit Co. steamships and New York Central RR trains. The company also sells bool jublic libraries and private book collectors,
Stockholders' Committee — At the annual meeting in 1912 a committee of stock holders was appointed to make plans whereby the stockholders of The Tabard Inn Corporation, The Booklovers Library of New York and the Booklovers Corporation might become stockholders of The Tabard Inn Book Co. by exchanging their shares of those companies for stock of this company.
Basis of Exchang - The terms of the agreement provided for the exchange upon the basis offive shares of preferred stock of The Tabard Inn Corporation in exchange for one share of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Co., or 25 shares of common stock of The Tabard Inn Corporation in exchange for one share of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Company; in such case, lots of less than five shares of preferred stock and lots of less than 25 shares of common stock of The Tabard Inn Corporation shall be exchanged for unregistered, non-dividend paying fractional certificates representing corresponding fractions of One share of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Co.; and such fractional certificates, in lots aggregating one or more whole shares, shall in turn be exchangeable by the lawful holders thereof upon presentation at the office of The Tabard Inn Book Company, in Philadelphia, for certificates for the corresponding number of whole shares of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Co. Not more than $400,000 of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Co. (par value $10 a share) will be so exchanged for the stock of The Tabard Inn Corporation; an assessment of twenty-five cents per share of preferred, and five cents per share of common, is charged for the privilege of such exchange. The shares of stock of The Booklovers Corporation shall be exchanged for shares of common stock of The Tabard Inn Book Company, share for share, upon payment of an assessment of twenty-five cents per share. The shares of stock (common and preferred) of the Booklovers Library of New York shall be exchanged for shares of stock (common and preferred) of The Tabard Inn Book Company, share for share.
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