I haven't started a new topic in a while, so here's a little sneak preview of an article that's coming up in the next Souvenir Card Journal.
Like most of you, probably, I collect a lot more than just souvenir cards. And it's fun to try matching up vignettes between collections. So I went through my obsolete stock certificates to see which ones had engravings that were used later on souvenir cards. This was also educational, to see where the vignettes originated, since many aren't attributed on the cards.
Here is a handful of match-ups...
American Bank Note’s well-known Wheel of Progress vignette, found on SO-6, appears on many stocks and bonds, including one I have for the U.S. Plywood Corp. from 1955.
“America,” engraved by Lorenzo Hatch for International Bank Note Co., showed up on a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad stock from 1899 nearly a century before she appeared on ABNC souvenir card SO-75.
There were a number of Plate Printers Union cards from the 1980s that feature some wonderful train vignettes. One of the speeding locomotives on F-1987A was first featured on a 1947 stock for Westinghouse Air Brake Co. printed by Security Bank Note Co.
A private card printed by Mike Bean (MB-63) spotlights the “Lady Holding Torch” vignette, which can also be found on a specimen Voting Trust Certificate for the Missouri-Kansas Pipe Line Co. printed circa 1930 by little known Northern Bank Note Co. in Chicago.
There are a few other matches in my collection that I may post later. Are there any in yours?