- The Gift of History - The Gift of History SCRIPOPHILY (scrip-af-il-ly), the collecting of canceled old stocks and bonds, gained recognition as a hobby around the mid-1970s. The word resulted combining words from English and Greek.

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Imagine the times when barons controlled the nation's railroads, aeronautical titans ruled the skies and there was no question that Detroit was the center of the automotive universe.Thanks to an innovative teaching program being rolled out nationally this fall, students will get a new perspective on some of the historical moments and stories about American entrepreneurship, capitalism and the ways of Wall Street.

The visual aid at the heart of the program? Authentic stock certificates from some of the greatest names in the history of 20th century business. Names such as Pan American World Airways, General Motors, the Penn Central Railroad, and obscure ones such as the old Brooklyn City Railroad Co.

The program is the brainchild of the Museum of American Finance, based in the heart of New York's financial district. The museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to finance, business and Wall Street.

To carry out this new educational mission, the museum enlisted the aid of Bob Kerstein and Scott Winslow, two prominent dealers of historical stock and bond certificates.

Kerstein, who operates, and Winslow, of Scott T. Winslow Associates Inc., are contributing stock certificates to teachers from their personal collections, said Chris Meyers, the museum's director of education.

The certificates feature detailed, engraved artwork printed in various colors. A Pan Am certificate, for example, features two men holding globes flanking an eagle along with the signature of airline founder and aviation legend Juan Trippe.

Numerous curriculum cover America's historical business, economy and political landscape. But the stock certificates, with all their elegant color and detail, present students with an educational connection that they can touch and feel.

"The certificates tell a story of what was hot at the time, and what has been passed by over time," Kerstein said. "It also teaches what's hot now may not be hot 10 or 15 years from now. It's a great lesson."

There's another touch point: Teaching kids about the inner workings of Wall Street, especially as it transitioned from the days of physical paper certificates of stock ownership to the digital world. The old certificates are loaded with information, from the date the company was incorporated to the issuing date on the shares and even counterfeit protection.

Last winter, the museum tested the stock certificate program with 151 mostly high school teachers and about 17,000 students in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Each teacher received up to five authentic stock certificates. Most of the businesses featured were key cogs in the economic and political changes in the United States, which helped teachers tie in lesson plans on topics such as monopolistic behavior following the Civil War, and economic growth in post-World War I and World War II America.

The program also fit well with recently updated social studies curriculum in the New York area, Meyers said.

Given the positive feedback on the pilot program, the museum now hopes to attract teachers nationwide starting in the upcoming school year. Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs for a month. The first 500 teachers who sign up will receive stock certificates in January. For more information: Contact Meyers at [email protected].

And if you happen to have any old stock certificates just collecting dust in a file drawer, Kerstein suggests donating them to the classroom program. It might be just the thing that boosts kids' knowledge of stocks, bonds and capitalism.

Contact Steve Rosen: [email protected] or write to him c/o The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 64108.

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General information is the leading provider of authentic stock certificates, autographs, and old company stock research services. Our company was founded by Bob Kerstein who is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. We have been collecting and selling old stock and bond certificates since 1990. started operating on the Internet in January 1996 with the goal to promote the history of old companies and help educate people about the wonderful hobby of collecting stock and bond certificates called Scripophily.


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