Friday, March 12, 2010

Handsignals of the Chicago Trading Pits print

It's finished! Below I present the final version of the Handsignals of the Chicago Trading Pits print which was designed by the very talented Chicago based illustrator Mike Nudelman and printed by Chicago based print guru Dan Grzeca.

Click on the photo for a larger, higher resolution image of it:

This is the first and only piece of trading pit art of it's kind and based upon handsignals used on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Over the next months we will complete similar prints of the handsignals used in the trading pits of New York, London and Singapore.

Pricing is expected to be $250 per print and the intended use of the proceeds after covering costs for the high quality talent who created the print will be to further develop the trading pit history project in various ways.

Details on how to pick one up will be coming shortly but the print run was limited to 500.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Scalper

Although this doesn't exactly pertain to the trading pit, I couldn't help but post this early 20th century booklet on "The Scalper: Who he is, what he does and how he does it" mainly cause I thought the drawing was great. It was put out by a brokerage to help off floor traders learn about how to scalp and basically get customers to trade through that brokerage. One thing that hasn't changed in the 150+ years in the futures industry is all the scumbag brokers looking for new and ignorant clients to rip off. At least the early versions of marketing spam such as this were a bit more original than modern day shills put out.
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