The Washington Post is currently featured in the movie “The Post” with Meryl Streep staring as Post publisher Katharine Graham. The Post published the Pentagon Papers in 1971 when Katharine Graham risked their IPO over what she felt was fake news being presented by the U.S, Government regarding the Vietnam War.
Beautiful engraved stock certificate from the Washington Post Company issued in 1971. This historic document was printed by American Bank Note Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the capitol building and President George Washington. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, Katharine Graham and Secretary, Alan Fineburg and is over 47 years old.
“The Post” film takes place in 1971 and chronicles how The Washington Post defied the Nixon administration to publish news accounts based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study about the Vietnam War.
This beautifully engraved stock certificate is from the Washington Post Company and was printed by American Bank Note Company with an ornate border around it with a vignette of the capitol building. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, Katharine Graham and Secretary, Alan Fineburg and is over 47 years old.
The Washington Post Company history dates back to 1877, when the Post was first published. The Washington Post Company was incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1889, and remained a District of Columbia corporation until it changed its state of incorporation to Delaware in 2003. It was a company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange that went public in 1971. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. near the corporate offices of Scripophily.com.
The newspaper’s slogan is, “Democracy dies in darkness”. Daily editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in the newspaper’s history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press’ investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal; reporting in the newspaper greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
In 2013, its longtime controlling family, the Graham family, sold the newspaper to billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash. The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company Bezos created for the acquisition.
Katharine Graham (Kay Graham) was one of the most powerful women in American media. Her mother, Agnes Meyer, was an educator and her father, Eugene Meyer, was a publisher. He purchased The Washington Post in 1933, and Katharine Meyer began working for the Post five years later. She married Philip Graham in 1940, and in 1945 left the Post to raise her family. In the next few years Philip Graham became publisher of the Post and bought out Eugene Meyer’s voting stock. During this time the Washington Post Company also acquired the Times-Herald and Newsweek magazine.
From 1973-1991 Graham, known to many as “Kay,” was board chairman and chief executive officer of the Washington Post Company, and remained Chairman of the Executive Committee until her death.
Under Katharine Graham’s leadership, The Washington Post became known for its hard-hitting investigations, including the publication of the secret Pentagon Papers against the advice of lawyers and against government directives, followed by the Woodward and Bernstein investigation of the Watergate scandal. For these reasons, she and the newspaper are sometimes credited with bringing about the fall of Richard Nixon.
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