Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Evidence of follies past

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on May 12, 2009

An exceedingly rare paper share for an English company traded at the height of the stock mania in the summer of 1720 – perhaps the only known survival of this iconic type of object that appears in numerous satirical prints and plays from the period as the symbol of folly – worthless bits of paper being blown by the wind of speculation.