Banner Engravings

Where do the illustrations at the top of the web pages come from?

Some visitors have asked about the engravings in this site’s page banners. They appear insequentially at random according to the whim of the site’s CSS instructions to your browser.

(CSS stands for “cascading style sheets.”)

They are from a private collection. (More at this page.) owns a collection of original stock certificates spanning the period from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. This collection is comprised mostly of certificates from American railroad companies, although a few are from other types of enterprises around the world.

Many of the stock certificates in this collection were designed and printed by the American Banknote Company, the same company which also printed much of the paper money around the world, especially during the first half of the Twentieth Century.

Herewith, a few examples to illustrate the exquisite beauty of old stock certificate engravings.

Great Northern Paper Company’s East Millinocket mill

Below are some more engravings from the collection including several which do not appear elsewhere at this web site.

The first image in the next set appears on the stock certificates for the Lima Locomotive Works.

In the next set of five, the last two come from separate certificates for the same company.

In the next image, note that the men on either side are the same two who flank the Great Northern Paper Company engraving above.

The first two in the next set depict the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Horseshoe Curve. The workers flanking the central scene are a little short of the personal protective equipment required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.