#4123. Manvel Wind Engine (Michigan) 1886. Kalamazoo, Michigan – Atchison, Kansas. $1000. Advertising Bond. Red underprints and accents. Wind engine with red-tipped vanes, bearded male. Coupons at sides, each with a different advertising message. Gugler Lith Co. 18” x 11”. VF+.
An extraordinary example of a rarely seen adverting medium. At first glance this appears to be a $1000 coupon bond, but it is really an elaborate advertisement in the guise of a negotiable bond, which nobody would ever throw away without reading. The text states that B. F. Williams & Co. of Kalamazoo, Michigan guarantees to pay $1000 to anyone “who fails to not Harness the Wind with their Manvel Wind Engine.” They further certify that they are “…..in use in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, England and Ireland…..” and every state and territory in the United States. In the top border the certificate states “ILL WIND THAT PROFITS NOBODY.” A rare, and remarkable piece of scripophily and advertising that elicits a smile every time I look at it.