Byers, A. M. Company

Byers, A. M. Company
Item# 2349

Byers, A. M. Company
A.M. Byers’ roots date back to 1864 when the original company was founded as Graff, Byers & Company. A.M. Byers was actually incorporated in 1903, and manufactured pig iron, and wrought iron pipe. Byers operated mills and blast furnaces in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Girard, Ohio (the Girard Iron Company). In 1925, the company acquired the Orient Coal & Coke Company Company which was incorporated in Pennsylvania.

Byers was merged into General Tire and Rubber Company in 1970.

Family steel magnate Eben M. Byers was responsible for building (at the time) one of the world's largest steel companies. Besides his obviously sharp business acumen, Byers was also a U.S. amateur golf champion.

In 1928, Byers injured himself on a party train following a Harvard – Yale football game. Byers’ doctor prescribed a rather radical treatment, the consumption of radium-laced water, known as Radithor. Byers was so happy with the results, he continued to ingest 3 bottles a day of the low level radiation well after the injury healed (he also would send cartons of the water to his friends!). In 1930, Byers finally decided to stop consuming Radithor - primarily because his teeth started falling out and holes began to appear in his skull. In 1932, Byers died from the effects of the Radithor. Until then, Radithor had avoided FDA scrutiny since its primary ingredients were “natural.” That soon changed as the effects of low dose radiation treatments became more tangible.

Certificate: Common Stock issued in the 1950’s

Printer: Security Bank Note Company

Dimensions: 8 1/2” (h) x 12” (w)

State: PA-Pennsylvania

Subject Matter: Iron Companies

Vignette Topic(s): Distinguished Gentlemen

Condition: Vertical fold lines, punch hole cancels in signature areas and body.

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