In 1912, George Whelan put his United Cigar Stores company under a new holding company, Tobacco Products Corporation, and immediately started buying small tobacco independents.
In 1919, the company picked up a then-tiny Philip Morris & Company, Ltd. Inc, adding PM's brands Cambridge, Oxford Blues, English Ovals, Players, and Marlboro.
In 1929, Tobacco Products Corporation crashed shortly before the market; Philip Morris was then picked up by Rube Ellis, who called in Leonard McKitterick to help run it.
Class A Stock, issued in the 1920’s
Printed by the American Bank Note Company
8” (h) x 12” (w)
This certificate has vertical fold lines, punch hole cancels in signature areas and body, edge faults and toning from age.