Going public. Veterans Air first stock offering.

Veterans Air first stock offering

The stock certificate for the company’s first public offering was printed for Air Express Company.  Before it was issued November 9, 1945, as an afterthought, “Veterans” was added to the official name.  Look closely at this certificate belonging to Jack Stettner, an original founder and Veterans pilot and manager.  “V E T E R A N S” is typewritten at top of Veterans Air first stock offering, signed by Nellie Brenner, Secretary Treasurer and Saunie Gravely, President.

The story goes that the founders altered the name because they were proud of who they really were.  Plus, they hoped Veterans in their official name might help win cargo contracts with private business — and the government.

This "Air Express Company" Common stock issue dated Nov 9, 1945 belongs to Jack Stettner, one of the original founders. You can see the word "Veterans" added by typewriter acknowledging the official company name on the Veterans Air first stock offering.

(To date, family and historical records on Nellie & Arthur Brenner remain elusive.  They both played such vital, active roles in the founding of Veterans Air, finding information on them would be treasure.)

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Then & There…

A RECOMMENDED READ and irreplaceable for me: "Memories of the Jing Bao & Beyond," Authors Choice Press, 2001. Written by our own JACK Z. STETTNER - Veterans Air Express Co-Founder, Investor, Pilot and Operations Manager. As well as his considerable WWII experiences, Jack's book revealed new details about Veterans Air Express...plus the spirit and character of this organization that Jack obviously loved!