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American Machine & Foundry Company (AMF)

$9.00

SKU: 2959
Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the American Machine & Foundry Company dating back to the 1960's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was a printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).

 

This certificate's intricate vignette features a male allegorical figure sitting on an anvil with a large gear, a sledgehammer, and a chain. Two industrial scenes appear in the background.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

Historical Context

AMF Incorporated was founded as the American Machine & Foundry Company Incorporated in New York in 1900 to manufacture automated machines for the tobacco industry.

The company continued to expand its activities in automated machinery into many areas including, just prior to World War II the automatic pinspotter. The war effort delayed the introduction of this latter proposal until 1959 when it revolutionized tenpin bowling and touched off a boom in the sport.

Involvement with tenpin bowling led AMF into a broad range of sporting equipment during the 1960's and 70's including Head tennis racquets and skis, Tyrolia bindings, Ben Hogan golf clubs, Voit inflatable balls, Mares scuba gear, Hatteras yachts and many other recreational products such as snowmobiles, bicycles, children's toys and even, (during the 1970's), Harley Davidson motor cycles.

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