is Now Offering a Rare Founder Signed Armat Moving Picture Co. Stock Certificate from Company who Invented First Commercial Motion Picture Projector

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Thomas Armat was given an Academy Award for his invention in 1947. The Stock certificate was issued to and signed by founder of the Washington Post, Stilson Hutchins.

This company played an important role in the development of motion picture industry. is offering a an historic uncancelled stock certificate from the Armat Moving Picture Company issued in 1903. This early motion picture certificate has an ornate border around it with an image of the company's name and an eagle. This item has the signatures of the company’s Founder, Thomas J. Armat and its Secretary. This is the earliest motion picture company certificate we have had for sale. The certificate was issued to Stilson Hutchins and signed by him on the verso. Hutchins was best known as the founder of the Washington Post.

Vitascope, was a motion-picture projector patented by Thomas Armat in 1895. It's principal features are retained in the modern projector which include sprocketed film operated with a mechanism (the “Maltese cross”) to stop each frame briefly before the lens, and a loop in the film to ease the strain. The Vitascope was adopted by Thomas A. Edison to project his Kinetoscope films, leading first to the Nickelodeon theatre and soon to the full-length motion picture.

Thomas J. Armat (25 October 1866 – September 30, 1948) was an American mechanic and inventor, a pioneer of cinema best known through the co-invention of the Edison Vitascope.

Stilson Hutchins (1838 - 1912) was an American newspaper reporter and publisher, best known as founder of the Washington Post.

Scripophily is also offering a certificate from the Palisades of the Potomac Land Improvement Company issued to the founder of Washington Post, Stilson Hutchins in 1895. The company was involved with large home subdivisions. They planned it as an expensive suburb with homes of the type then being build on the Hudson above New York and built several large Victorian houses. Stilson Hutchins' home was at the present site of the Army Map Service. Glen Echo Park was also located in the Palisades of the Potomac area.

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