When the town of Bridgton wanted to regain control of the B&SR from the Maine Central they, like any other, needed to raise money. As was done in the late 1800’s when it was time to construct the B&SR, the newly formed Corporation sold shares of stock in the new line. Everyone who invested wished for the best and hoped for future dividends. As we all know, the future wasn’t bright.

Luckily, I happened across this piece of paper during my collecting days (as if they’ve stopped) and acquired it.

B&H Railway Stock Certificate

B&H Railway Stock Certificate

From the time I purchased my first real stock (CSX and, at that time, Lockheed), I’ve appreciated the artwork created (generally) for each and every certificate. There were many that had the same scroll work, often just changing the center image, but someone created the artwork, and from that, a plate for printing. Once I dig up my Bridgton Telegraph certificate, I’ll post it here as well.