Research Archive Database Over 140 Years of Experience

On January 26, 2012 LLC acquired the RM Smythe® Old Stock & Bond Research Archives from Herzog & Co., Inc. The asset purchase includes all archives and copyrights on obsolete research reference material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services, which have been performed continuously since 1880.

“We are extremely excited to add this extensive collection of old company research material to our existing library of company histories adding to our leadership position in researching old companies,” said Bob Kerstein, CPA Founder of and “Marvyn Scudder, Robert D. Fisher, and John Herzog were pioneers in the stock and bond research service and we are extremely honored to become the successor to this reference material,” Kerstein added. offers its Old Stock Research Service at which began its website presence in 1996.

John Herzog, President of Herzog & Co., Inc. said, “My wife, Diana, and I are very pleased with this transfer to, and know that Bob will continue his excellent work and spearhead the digitizing and reorganizing of this classic American research that we were always proud to have taken part in continuing.”

John Herzog is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance and currently Chairman Emeritus of Spink/Smythe, an auction house specializing in antique stocks and bonds, banknotes, coins, autographs and photographs. Formerly he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Herzog Heine Geduld, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The Old Company Research Service will generate a report for individuals, banks, attorneys, estates and trusts detailing the company's history regarding name changes, mergers, bankruptcies, and predecessor and successor companies. If the company did survive, will provide contact information so a determination can be made as to whether the securities have any market value. - The Gift of History is the internet’s leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, and old stock research at The company has had items on display in the Museum of American Finance in New York, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. has been featured on CNBC, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post and in many other media publications.. Our online store has over 17,500 selections including categories such as Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the traditional American industries. is not owned by nor have any ownership rights in Spink Auctioneers or any affiliated companies. and was founded by Bob Kerstein, a Certified Public Accountant who has more than 36 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

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