May 17 2013 | 12:00 PM

Today is the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement and the birth of the New York Stock Exchange.  We have the actual founding document in the NYSE Archives, but there was no artist on the scene back in 1792 to capture the event as it happened. 

 

The First Stock Exchange, painting by Ezra Winter, 1930

This painting is a preliminary sketch for a large mural titled, “The First Stock Exchange,” which depicts the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement on May 17, 1792.  On that day 24 stockbrokers met beneath a buttonwood tree on Wall Street and agreed to trade with one another and charge a standard commission rate.  The event marks the beginnings of the New York Stock Exchange.

 

This image was created nearly 140 years...

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May 3 2013 | 7:11 AM

Calling All Teachers!

Each summer the New York Stock Exchange hosts its Teachers Workshop – a professional development program for educators who teach students about the financial markets.

The weeklong program offers an in-depth look at the New York Stock Exchange and how it connects investors with business enterprise. During the Workshop, teachers interact with trading professionals on the NYSE’s iconic trading floor and NYSE executives share their knowledge and insights about the workings of the NYSE. Many of our nonprofit partners contribute to the program, offering curriculum resources that teachers can use in the classroom. These include the SEC’s Office of Investor Education, the Stock Market Game, the Council on Economic Education, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and more.

To make the program more accessible to teachers in underserved schools, NYSE Euronext offers a competitive fellowship program that defrays the travel expense for deserving...

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Mar 8 2013 | 4:25 AM

A Philadelphia women's investment club visits the NYSE, 1959

Members of a Philadelphia women's investment club view the trading floor during their annual visit to the NYSE in 1959.

By the mid-20th century, women were a financial force in America.  Women owned about half of the $110 billion in savings accounts, half of the $66 billion in government bonds, plus more than $50 billion worth of insurance on their own lives.

The NYSE’s 1956 census of shareownership in America revealed for the first time that women stockholders outnumbered the men.  And their numbers were growing – to 52.5 percent of the shareowning population by 1959 when the next census was conducted.

Over 12 million Americans owned shares in 1959 – nearly double the number in 1952 when...

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Jan 15 2013 | 1:31 PM

 


A Down-Town Lunch-Room, drawn by T. de Thulstrup, Harper's Weekly, 1888


On Wall Street in the 1880s, just as today, lunch was often a rushed meal eaten quickly at a nearby fast food restaurant.  At 12:30 p.m., a cry of “To lunch, to lunch!” would go up on the NYSE trading floor and the brokers headed off for ten minutes of sustenance.  According to the news article accompanying this engraving of a Lower Manhattan lunch spot, hyper-efficient meat carvers and waiters could feed over 3,000 people between the hours of 12 and 2.


 


When the NYSE opened its new building in 1903, a significant feature was the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club’s beautiful club rooms on the 7th floor. 


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