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Mercantile Library Company of Philadelphia

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Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Mercantile Library Company of Philadelphia dating back to the 1920's. This document, which has been signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by Theo. Leonhardt & Son, and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/4" (h).

 

This certificate's vignette features a detailed view of the library itself.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Mercantile Library Company of Philadelphia was established in 1821, it was the third mercantile library established in the country.

    The Mercantile Library Company of Philadelphia started out as a subscription library but began issuing stock in 1826.

    In 1989, the Free Library of Philadelphia absorbed the collections of the Mercantile Library.

    One of the library's staff members was John Edmands. Edmands was responsible for innovations in filing methodologies and inspired Poole's guide to periodical literature.