[Science, Medicine & Mathematics] [Edison, Thomas A.]
Signed Edison Machine Works Stock Certificate
New York: Feb(ruar)y 23, 1886. Certificate #1. Edison's personal stock certificate for 4,764 shares, signed "Thomas. A. Edison" as President of the company and countersigned and cancelled by Samuel Insull as Secretary; additionally signed by Edison and Insull on verso. Engraved and blindstamped document with filled-in manuscript, separating along folds at center; with stub separated but present. Including typed copy of Certificate of Incorporation for Edison Machine Works, unsigned and dated February 1, 1884, as well as one tobacco card of Edison.Stock certificate for Edison's own shares in the Edison Machine Works. The Machine Works was established in 1881 to build dynamos and other large electrical components to support New York's expanding electrical grid. The company operated out the Etna Iron Works in lower Manhattan and in 1885 merged with the Electric Tube Company and Edison Shafting Manufacturing Company.