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Vintage 1970s Pennzoil Stock Certificate American owned 1913-2022 RIP

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Vintage 1970s Pennzoil Stock Certificate Pennsylvania Oil and Gas

12" x 8" ~

This American Icon of a company was started officially in 1913 but its roots can be traced all the way back to 1889 when it operated under the South Penn Oil Company. They managed to be an American independent firm until 2022 when they were bought out by the British company Shell and became part of that conglomerate. I am assuming that will increase the value of this Americana significantly as that part of their history has ended. This stock is right after they got into the gas business and bought out United Gas Corp. Pennzoil is/was? the recommended motor oil for most major car brands in the USA and also a large sponsor of Nascar.

Imagine hanging this vintage historic collectible on your wall as home decor in any room! Stock certificates are another thing that is limited in supply and once they are gone all into museums and collections they will be hard to get. They are such historic documents with so much history behind them. The first stock certificate was issued in 1606 by the Dutch East India Company. 407 years of history later the Walt Disney Company issued one of the last paper stock certificates from a major corporation in 2013.

My pictures seriously don't do it justice. These had to be done on heavy paper stock, almost like a dollar bill but stiffer and more durable, which makes them stay vibrant and new looking for a long time. The other very unique thing about stock certificates is they have all kinds of interesting signatures and you honestly never know whom you will find. Almost all stocks are signed by the company President and Secretary. Some collectors research the other signatures and historic significance and it adds so much provenance and value to an already valuable item. I have never done this as I can barely read my own signature let alone one from over 100 years ago and with the time it would take to do thousands of certificates my mother and I decided years ago not to bother.
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Inventory Last Updated: Dec 01, 2022