Aerial Navigation Company Stock Certificate [Rufus Porter]

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.1028
Creators:
Porter, Rufus, 1792-1884
Dates:
bulk 1852
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
(1 folder)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one 7.75 x 5 inch {dollar}5 stock certificate in Aerial Navigation Company, No. 779, dated 19 June 1852, to N. C. Brazeal. The certificate has been mounted.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Rufus Porter (1792-1884) was an artist, musician, teacher, inventor, and the founder of Scientific American magazine. In 1852 he tried to sell {dollar}5 shares of stock in Aerial Navigation Company to fund an "aeroport" or dirigible to carry passengers between New York and California. However, a tornado, vandalism by "rowdy visitors" at the unveiling, and the disintegration of the canvas caused by the varnish eroded his funds for that venture.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Julia Hobson Mills, Gift, 1939

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Aerial Navigation Company Stock Certificate [Rufus Porter], Accession XXXX-1028, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcontinental flights -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stock certificates Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aerial Navigation Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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