Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the York Transit Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document is signed by the company President (John J. Boland) and Secretary and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).
This certificate's vignette features an eagle on a crag.
The York Transit Company was incorporated 1911 in New York, and was based in the Prudential Building in Buffalo.
One of the company's founders was John J. Boland, who has signed this piece as the company President. Boland was also a founder of the American Steamship Company.
John J. Boland
John J. Boland's Signature
Boland was the son of a Great Lakes schooner captain. In 1907, Boland and Adam Cornelius launched a company which they named the American Steamship Company. Their first vessel, the SS Yale was the first steel vessel owned by a Buffalo firm and earned large profits for the partners. Boland and Cornelius ran the American Steamship Company successfully until the Great Depression, at which point they decided to convert the company's fleet to self-unloaders. This strategy paid off. Boland's son, John J. Boland, Jr. was involved with the American Steamship Company, and took over as chairman after Boland Sr. died in 1956.