John E. Hurst & Co. Incorporated (Source of Baltimore Fire of 1904)
Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from John E. Hurst & Co. Incorporated dating back to the 1920's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Treasurer, was printed by the Security Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 14 1/4" (w) by 9 1/2" (h).
You will receive the exact certificate pictured. PLEASE NOTE there are tape repairs on verso and signs of moisture.
John E. Hurst & Co. was a dry goods retailer located in Baltimore, Maryland.
The company had a rather non-descript existence except for one thing - its building (located at Hopkins Place) was the source of the 1904 Baltimore Fire.
It is believed that a discarded cigar or cigarette fell through a cracked glass block window that served as a skylight for the Hurst storage basement, igniting its contents.
In total, 140 acres of land burned, 1,526 buildings were destroyed, 2,500 companies were put out of business - but no one died.
Today, the Hurst site is the home of the Baltimore Arena.