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Hektograph Manufacturing Company

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SKU: 3573
Product Details

Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Hektograph Manufacturing Company dating back to the 1880's. This document measures approximately 11" (w) by 7 1/4" (h).

 

The vignette on this piece features an eagle with two flags.

The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

    Historical Context

    The Hektograph Manufacturing Company was incorporated in New York, with offices in Manhattan on Murray Street.

    In the hektograph process, which was introduced in 1876 or shortly before, a master was written or typed with a special aniline ink. The master was then placed face down on a tray containing gelatin and pressed gently for a minute or two, with the result that most of the ink transferred to the surface of the gelatin. Gelatin was used because its moisture kept the ink from drying. Copies were made by using a roller to press blank papers onto the gelatin. Each time a copy was made, some ink was removed from the gelatin, and consequently successive copies were progressively lighter. In practice, up to fifty copies could be made from one master.