Origin: These are original stock certificates for the Little Miami Railroad Company of southwestern Ohio. They are all dated circa 1925, and were used to prove ownership of capital stock. Each one has been issued and later cancelled, with clearly printed dates and signatures.
The Little Miami Railroad Company was incorporated in 1836, and became an important transportation route connecting the Ohio River to the Great Lakes for over a century. It continued to operate until 1981, when it merged with a larger railroad. Today, the former Little Miami route still exists as a scenic bike trail.
The United States experienced an economic boom in the 1920's, after it emerged victorious from World War I and transformed into a true global power. As a result, investing soared and stock certificates like these were issued in record numbers.
Of course, this was all temporary—and the hard times of the Great Depression in the 1930's would soon make prosperity feel like a distant memory.
The stock certificate comes with a rigid archival document holder for preservation and handling. A Certificate of Authenticity is also included.
NOTE: This certificate has no value as a financial asset, and will not be honored by any extant company today.
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