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Vintage Par Technology Corp. Stock Certificate 1990s, Mcdonalds, Arby's, Dept. Of Defense

Vintage Par Technology Corp. Stock Certificate 1990s, Mcdonalds, Arby's, Dept. Of Defense

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Vintage PAR Technology Corporation Stock Certificate 1990s

12" x 8" ~

This is a really neat piece. I only have 2 of them and I don't know of any others out there. PAR Technology (PAR) was founded in 1968 as a government IT contractor mainly for the Department of Defense. The company later evolved into developing hardware-based, point-of-sale (POS) systems for the restaurant market whose clients include McDonald’s, YUM, and Arby’s. Their systems are considered the best in the industry making this a really neat piece of Americana. Their Department of Defense relationship is hush-hush now from what I have seen but sure is interesting.

Imagine hanging this vintage historic collectible on your wall as home décor 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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