Antique Insurance & Financial books

Rather than let my antique insurance and financial book collections sit on my shelf gathering dust, I’ve decided to make them available online for anyone to read. I trust you’ll enjoy reading them – and we would welcome a link to this page from your website!

(To the best of my knowledge, these books are not in copyright and are available to be scanned and placed online.)

Coming Soon!

Antique Financial Books:

As terrible as the crash of 2008 was and all the resulting turmoil, it’s worth noting that it’s not the first time this has happened. And it won’t be the last. The stock market has crashed routinely throughout history – we’re all familiar with the lead in to the depression with the crash of 1929. But what about the crash of 1914? In books describing the crash of 1914 they even reference ‘ the crash 7 years prior’. It goes even further back than that, the original market crash was in the 1600′s and centered around speculation on tulip bulbs. Too many people jumping in and buying tulips as investments. Prices drove upwards as people realized what great returns tulips were delivering…until one day everyone realized that all they had were tulip bulbs. And they weren’t even particularly good eating. Sound familiar? In any event, here’s my contribution to ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’.

Antique Insurance Books

Some of these insurance books are sales focused and are entertaining from the perspective of peering into society from 100+ years ago. The actuarial books conversely, contain tables and data from centuries past – most of this data is not found anywhere else online and represents information and statistics from a much earlier period. If you’d like to help us with this project, it’s as easy as giving us a link from your website – that allows others to find this information and ensures that it’s preserved and useful.

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