Robertson Distribution Systems, Inc.


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Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Robertson Distribution Systems, Inc. dating back to the 1970's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by the Security-Columbian Bank Note Company and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h). 


This certificate's vignette features an abstract rendering of a variety of modes of transportation and storage.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    Robertson Distribution Systems was incorporated in Texas and had operations based in Houston. The company, which was purchased by the Dutch firm Royal Pakhoed in 1976, operated marine terminals and transported chemicals, petrochemicals and other basic products.

    One of the company’s chairmen was Charles Duncan, Jr. In 1974, Duncan left Coca-Cola to head back to Houston, where he became the chairman of both Rotan Mosle Financial Corporation and Robertson Distribution Systems. In 1976, he received a call from newly elected President Jimmy Carter, whom he had known in Atlanta when Carter was governor of Georgia. Carter asked him to accept the position of Deputy Secretary of Defense. In January 1977, Duncan moved to Washington, where he worked with Defense Secretary Harold Brown. The Iranian Revolution followed, encompassing political changes that marked that nation’s transformation from a monarchy under the pro-western Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to a so-called republic under the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Duncan’s duties involved multiple trips to several countries, including Iran, some of which were undergoing considerable turmoil. Duncan’s military advisor was a young colonel named Colin Powell. When Powell was promoted to brigadier general in 1979, Duncan pinned on the medal.