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Aviation Corporation (American Airlines Predecessor)

$25.00

SKU: 571pu
Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Aviation Corporation dating back to the 1930's and 1940's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Vice President or President and Secretary, was printed by the Columbian Bank Note Company, and measures as follows:

  • Purple, Green: approximately 10 1/2" (w) by 6 3/4" (h)
  • Brown: approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 7 3/4" (h)

 

This certificate's great vignette features an eagle atop a map of the United States.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured. Please note close cropping to left side border on purple piece.

Historical Context

American Airlines was founded as a domestic airline after the Aviation Corporation, a New York City-based holding company, was organized in 1929 and began to acquire young aviation firms along with bus lines, radio stations, and airport construction companies.

Among the firm's initial acquisitions were some eighty-five small airlines, including Colonial Airways, the Embry-Riddle Company, Interstate Air Lines, Southern Air Transport, Universal Air Lines System, and one of Universal's holdings, Robertson Aircraft of Missouri, for which Charles A. Lindbergh had once served as chief pilot.

The consolidation gave the new company a system of partially interconnected routes, a fleet of various types of airplanes, and a variety of local managements. In 1930 routes were redrawn, managements reorganized, and the pieces incorporated to form American Airways.