Advertising the Commerce Insurance Company of Albany, New York, this very early small calendar has three 4-1/2" x 5-1/8" sheets left that have not been torn from the original dated 1869 calendar: October, November, and December. Among other events, the year 1869 is significant for a number of reasons including Ulysses Grant's assumption of the Presidency in March, "Black Friday" on September 24 (Gould and Fiske trying to manipulate and corner the gold market), the completion of the transcontinental railroad by driving the "Golden Spike" on May 10, and the November 17 opening of the Suez Canal after 10 years of construction. The survival of this 6-3/4" metal reinforced calendar is a symbol of the important events that happened during that time and its testament to our country's durability and greatness. Back of the calendar shows the entire 12 months of 1868, and shows that Adam Van Allen was President of the Commerce Insurance Company, G.A. Van Allen, Vice President, and R.M. Hamilton, Secretary during that time. Printed in black and red ink, the calendar is great example of real history! Thank you for looking. Please email me if I can help you in any way.
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