Provisional Cert. for 100 Shares of 100 Rbls. blue, black. No 568. Large format certificate, text entirely in Russian. Folds and a few small edge-splits outside the printed part of the piece. Issued 1918, so after the start of the Russian Revolution. This is only the second time we see a film company from Russia. The company was named after the Greek Titan Prometheus, credited in Greek mythology for the creation of man from clay. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind. The company was founded in 1915 under the name "Trading House R.M.Khapsajev& Co", and focused on film distribution - as such competing with other Russian distributors such as Pathé, Khanhonkov, Transatlantik and Biofilm. The capital base of Prometey film (50.000 roubles) was too small to be able to compete againstthe 'big boys'. Yet, they there were some small commercial successes so that the initiators decided to turn the privately owned trading company into a joint-stock capital and as such raising the capital to 1,5 million roubles - as evidenced by the certificate we offer here. It was furthermore planned to also produce films themselves, and not only distributing films made by others. The management could convince several Moscow businessmen to invest (e.g. the Armenian brothers Lasar and Alexander Tarassov). The company bought a studio complex and was ready to film. Yet, at that point the Russian Revolution intervened, so we are not aware of any films they might have made. Extremely rare.
Startprice: € 2000