Pickwick Airways, Inc.


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Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from Pickwick Airways, Inc. dating back to the 1930's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Jeffries Bank Note Company and measures approximately 10 3/4" (w) by 7 1/2" (h).


This certificate's fantastic vignette features two single engine planes circling around an allegorical female figure holding a cornucopia.


Seldom seen piece!

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    Pickwick Airways was part of the San Francisco-based Pickwick Corporation, owner of the Pickwick Hotel.

    Pickwick Airways operated from March 1929 to spring 1930 and operated a fleet of Bach 3-CT-6 "air yachts", initially between San Diego and Los Angeles, subsequently between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with service eventually extending as far as Mexico City and Guatemala.

    The company was a casualty of the depression and when it failed in 1930 it was purchased by Charles William “Bill” Gilpin. He had been one of Pickwick’s pilots.

    In addition to the Pickwick Hotel and the airline, the Pickwick Corporation owned and operated a number of other businesses:

    Pickwick Stage Lines

    The Pickwick Stage Lines was one of the major bus companies incorporated into the Greyhound system in its formative years. Pickwick merged with Minnesota-based Northland Transportation in 1929 becoming Pickwick Greyhound.

    Pickwick Motor Coach Works

    Manufacturer of buses, including a unique sleeper coach called the "Nite Coach".

    Pickwick Broadcasting

    A network of radio stations in California, including KTAB in San Francisco (now KSFO), KNRC in Los Angeles, KTM (became KEHE, now KABC) in Santa Monica, and KGB (now KLSD) in San Diego.

    Pickwick Hotels

    The Pickwick Hotel in San Francisco opened on September 22, 1928 at Fifth and Mission near Union Square. The same building was utilized by the Pickwick Stage Lines as its San Francisco terminal. It was mentioned in the Dashiell Hammett mystery novel “The Maltese Falcon”. The hotel survives under different owners today.

    The Pickwick Hotel in San Diego was opened in 1927. It was restored and re-named The Sofia Hotel in 2006.

    The Pickwick Hotel in Los Angeles was located at 833 South Grand, adjacent to the Trinity Auditorium Building. The site of the hotel is now a modern parking garage with the address 801 South Grand.

    Another Pickwick Hotel, built by the company itself in 1926, was located in Anaheim at 225 South Los Angeles (later Anaheim) Blvd. It was initially named the El Torre but was re-named Pickwick in 1929. It suffered some damage in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, but was repaired. It continued in use under new owners until it was demolished in 1988.

    A large Pickwick Hotel and bus terminal was built by the company and opened in Kansas City in 1930. It was restored in 2015 and re-opened as "East 9 at Pickwick Plaza" in 2016.

    Pickwick opened another hotel in Salt Lake City in 1930.