Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Tropical Products Company dating back to the eary 1920's. This document, which has been signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by the Security Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate's fantastic vignette features a train carrying lumber, a ship at a wharf, the company's primary product - the Henequen plant, crates of citrus, bananas, and grazing cattle.
Stunning piece that is seldom scene!
Tropical Products Company was formed in New Jersey in 1925 as a reorganization of an enterprise named the International Lumber Development Company, which went into receivership after title had been lost to lands in Mexico. That land had been devoted to raising henequen, cocoa nuts, rubber, timber and log wood. The land was lost through litigation resulting from a dispute as to the right of a contractor to operate his contract until the flve-year period ended.
The purpose of the Tropical Products Company was to recover this loss. Accordingly, the company purchased by contract 288,000 acres, with all improvements thereon, formerly owned by International Lumber & Development Company.