Beautifully engraved uncancelled stock certificate from Vandervoort's, Inc. issued in 1967. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with the Company's logo of a floating "V" layered on the St. Louis Arch. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, J. Fred Ceaser Jr., and Secretary, David D. Galenkin; and is over 45 years old.
Vandervoort's was a St. Louis department store, with a flagship store at Tenth & Olive located in downtown St. Louis. Vandervoort's was considered the presumed better department store in St. Louis. The Clayton building by Harris Armstrong was built as the first suburban branch of Scruggs Vandervoort Barney Department Store. The store was located at Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton and its grand opening celebration was on September 21, 1951. The employees, 300 at peak season, were hired from the surrounding area. The building cost the company $1.5 million to build. The plan for the new store stated that there would be a free parking area for customers at the south end of the building. Also planned was a restaurant, Forsyth Corner, on the upper mezzanine. Scruggs advertised the new store as offering "every convenience" in order to draw consumers to the suburban branch. By the end of the 1950s, the suburban branch had drawn sales away from the downtown store resulting in losses that eventually lead to the closing of the downtown and Clayton branches in 1967
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