Vintage Howard Johnson, HoJo Stock Certificate 1960s Extinct American Icon RIP For Sale
Vintage Howard Johnson, HoJo Stock Certificate 1960s Extinct American Icon RIP:
Vintage Howard Johnson, HoJo Stock Certificate 1960s Extinct American Icon RIP 2021
12" x 8" ~
This vignette is really special and iconic. I can't believe this company which was the largest restaurant chain in the USA in the 1960s and 1970s is all but extinct now. There is one store left if it survives Covid in Lake George, NY. (** Update** the store did not survive COVID) I remember eating here often as a kid and even working as a waiter at one as a teen. The really neat history here hanging this vintage historic collectible on your wall as home décorin any room! Stock certificates are another thing that is limited in supply and once they are gone all into museums and collections they will be hard to get. They are such historic documents with so much history behind them. The first stock certificate was issued in 1606 by the Dutch East India Company. 407 years of history later the Walt Disney Company issued one of the last paper stock certificates from a major corporation in 2013.
My pictures seriously don't do it justice. These had to be done on heavy paper stock, almost like a dollar bill but stiffer and more durable, which makes them stay vibrant and new looking for a long time. The other very unique thing about stock certificates is they have all kinds of interesting signatures and you honestly never know whom you will find. Almost all stocks are signed by the company President and Secretary. Some collectors research the other signatures and historic significance and it adds so much provenance and value to an already valuable item. I have never done this as I can barely read my own signature let alone one from over 100 years ago and with the time it would take to do thousands of certificates my mother and I decided years ago not to bother.