Reo Motor Car Company (Signed by Ransom Olds)


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Intricately engraved historic antique stock certificate from the Reo Motor Car Company that is signed by Ransom E. Olds. This piece dates back to the 1910's, and contains the signature of the company Secretary in addition to Olds, who served as the company President. This certificate was printed by the Republic Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12 3/4" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).


The certificate's vignette features the Reo logo flanked by a pair of allegorical females.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The REO Motor Car Company was a Lansing, Michigan based company that produced automobiles and trucks from 1905 to 1975. At one point the company also manufactured buses on its truck platforms.

    Originally the company was to be called "R. E. Olds Motor Car Company," but the owner of Olds' previous company, then called Olds Motor Works, objected and threatened legal action on the grounds of likely confusion of names by consumers. Olds then changed the name to his initials. Olds Motor Works soon adopted the popular name of its vehicles, Oldsmobile (which, along with Buick and Cadillac, became founding divisions of General Motors Corporation).

    The company's name was spelled alternately in all capitals REO or with only an initial capital as Reo, and the company's own literature was inconsistent in this regard, with early advertising using all capitals and later advertising using the "Reo" capitalization. The pronunciation, however, was as a single word. Lansing is home to the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum.

    Ransom Olds

    Ransom Olds' Signature


    Ransom E. Olds was an entrepreneur who founded multiple companies in the automobile industry. In 1897 Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company (later, as Oldsmobile, to become a part of General Motors). In 1905 Olds left Oldsmobile and established a new company, REO Motor Car Company, in Lansing, Michigan. Olds had 52 percent of the stock and the titles of president and general manager. To ensure a reliable supply of parts, he organized a number of subsidiary firms like the National Coil Company, the Michigan Screw Company, and the Atlas Drop Forge Company.