California Aeronautic Company – 1876

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Here is a California Aeronautic Company stock certificate denoting 100 shares in the company that was issued in San Francisco, California in 1876.

Not only is this a fantastic piece of ‘selling hope’, but the artwork was also done by a artist and lithographer Grafton Tyler, who just so happens to have been Black. Being Canadian, and a person of color, I can say that none of my Black friends (including my cousin and uncle) care for the term African-anything.

Anyhow… what is the California Aeronautic Company? It was a concept… it was people getting together looking to raise capital in the hopes they could be the first to design and build a heavier-than-air aircraft.

Unlike many companies that at least attempted to construct an aircraft, I can find no data to support the fact that this company did even that.

Let’s just say that the California Aeronautic Company failed to get off the ground.

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About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. Along with writing for a monthly industrial magazine, he also writes comic books and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. Along with the daily Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife blog, when he feels the hate, will also write another blog entitled: You Know What I Hate? He also works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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