Best commodites trading art ever!

Below I present the single greatest piece of commodities trading art that ever has or ever will exist:“Me play the stock market? Hell no, brother, I make my money trading commodities.” The art was created by Alfred Marshall and is believed to date from 1969 or the early 1970s.

Trading pit photos

I’ve received a few requests on where to get some good trading pit photos and one suggestion, for CBOT and CME trading pit photos is through Barnes Photo Ltd. and here is a link to his galleries although you have to look through them to find the trading floor ones. Click Here Of his galleries, my particular favorite is of …

More trading floor buttons

Here is another grouping of buttons from the CBOT trading floor that were passed out in the 1980s to celebrate contract launches, trading floor opening or protest legislation as the first one is a bit humorous.

CME video

I just found this funny because it reminded me of all the people on the floor goofing off. There were always laughs to be had. This video is one guy clowning around the S&P; pit as the interest rate bells signal the close.

CBOT member tickets 1858-1895

The following collection of CBOT memberships is from a 1884 yearbook published by the brokerage firm Clapp & Company. It is noted that “Tickets of 1858 to 1871, inclusive, were in my safe during the Chicago fire of October 8th and 9th, 1871, therefore discolored. O.W. Clapp” As usual, you must click on the picture to see detail.

New York Cocoa Exchange

This patch of the New York Cocoa Exchange logo is probably from the 1940s or 50s. I obtained a large amount of memorabilia from that era but this is the only thing trading floor related.